The ageing population is a global trend. The World Population Prospects 2019 predicts that 1 out of 11 people will be over 65 in 2050. In 2020, 73% of all deaths will be chronic illness-induced and 60% of the global burden of disease. Moreover, 79% of the deaths attributed to these illnesses occurs in development countries. Four of the most prominent chronic illnesses – cardiovascular diseases (CVD), cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and type 2 diabetes.
Many chronic illnesses do not have definite curative measures. Medical team and patients are in long-term collaboration, and each member has their role in the team. Medications will not be the only solution to the patient’s daily problem, while the impact on their daily life in different aspects: role changes, emotional and health conditions, have to be considered.
The Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation has been promoting chronic disease self-management programmes since the 1990s. Our approach includes group or 1 on 1 therapy, website, mobile APP. In our services, participants could enhance their knowledge in chronic illnesses and how to manage the difficulties in daily life because of the chronic illnesses. The topics of our training include making action plans, problem-solving, exercises and healthy eating.
We provide training for leading the chronic disease self-management groups. We have provided training in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, Chengdu, Chongqing, Conghua, Shenzhen and Guangzhou to medical doctors, nurses, therapists, social workers, community workers, CDC staff, and volunteers with chronic illnesses. The trainees will lead small groups in the community for patients and carers. We also provide seminars on the theory of self-management.
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