Newfoundland Health Care
Chronic Diseases are defined by The World Health Organization as diseases of long duration and generally slow progression. Common themes found in other definitions state that chronic diseases:
Chronic diseases impact the health of the population as well as the sustainability of the health care system. Over half of Newfoundland and Labrador residents aged 12 years and older have at least one chronic disease; many people live with more than one.
These diseases and conditions affect a large portion of the population and have a significant impact on quality of life. Some of these include diabetes, stroke, lung disease, cancer, arthritis, chronic pain, diabetes, heart disease and kidney disease.
Central Health has a number of programs and services that address chronic disease prevention and management. These include: