Skip to main content
Enhancing Chronic Disease Management: A Review of Key Issues and Strategies.
Journal of Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice (2007)
  • Kevin D Willison
  • Paul Williams, University of Toronto
  • Gavin J. Andrews, McMaster University
This paper highlights three selected issues and potential strategies towards meeting chronic disease management needs. First, the orientation of the biomedical science model often gives insufficient attention to chronic health care needs. A second issue is that the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) may offer for some an opportunity to enhance their chronic disease management efforts. A third issue is that our understanding of this potential is limited as many who use CAM do not disclose such use. With reference to proposed solutions/strategies, first, an improved focus to respect patient/client values and goals may encourage people to disclose their use of CAM. Secondly, a community based participatory approach shows promise in enhancing communication plus help integrate CAM within new models of chronic disease management. Lastly, those in public health could help facilitate such an approach plus be a monitor of CAM practices. Overall, this review provides a springboard for further research and practice in CAM and the management of chronic diseases.
  • Community Based Participatory Approach,
  • Public Health,
  • Chronic Disease Management,
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
Publication Date
December, 2007
Citation Information
Kevin D Willison, Paul Williams and Gavin J. Andrews. "Enhancing Chronic Disease Management: A Review of Key Issues and Strategies." Journal of Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice Vol. 13 (2007)
Available at: