The rising burden of chronic illness, in particular the increase in the number of people with multiple health problems, is a challenge to health systems globally. Associated premature mortality and reduced physical functioning, along with higher use of health services and related costs, are among the key concerns faced by policy-makers and practitioners. Delivery systems need to be redesigned so they better coordinate professionals and institutions and actively engage service users and their carers.

This book, Assessing chronic disease management in European health systems explores some of the key issues and provides insights into the range of care models and the people involved in delivering these; payment mechanisms and service user access; and challenges faced by countries in the implementation and evaluation of these novel approaches.

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