There are ever increasing number of children and adults living with long term conditions today. It is estimated that nearly 150 million children suffer from and are coping with a chronic condition or a disability (Landgren,1997). While many countries are now waking up to developing health care programs for those with chronic conditions, the initiative has been rather delayed. For example, it was only in 2007 that the United States government heard a legislative bill, namely the Chronic Care Coordination Act. This act was mainly focused on providing health care to individuals who were living with chronic conditions and would need medical care for the rest of their lives.
During the hearing very many myths were also exposed as to why long term conditions did not earlier merit special attention. In the past it was understood that chronic conditions were only health problems of the elderly and in particular of males, among other reasons. ...Show more