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Chronic Disease

Diseases which have one or more of the following characteristics: they are permanent, leave residual disability, are caused by nonreversible pathological alteration, require special training of the patient for rehabilitation, or may be expected to require a long period of supervision, observation, or care (Dictionary of Health Services Management, 2d ed). For epidemiological studies chronic disease often includes HEART DISEASES; STROKE; CANCER; and diabetes (DIABETES MELLITUS, TYPE 2).

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Tree Number(s): C23.550.291.500

MeSH Unique ID: D002908

Entry Terms:

  • Chronic Diseases
  • Disease, Chronic
  • Chronic Illness
  • Chronic Illnesses
  • Illness, Chronic
  • Chronically Ill
  • Chronic Condition
  • Chronic Conditions
  • Condition, Chronic

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