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J Ambul Care Manage. 2012 Jul-Sep;35(3):167-73. doi: 10.1097/JAC.0b013e31823e83b8.

An answer to chronicity in the Basque Country: primary care-based population health management.

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  • 1O+Berri, Basque Institute for Healthcare Innovation, Sondika, Bizkaia, Spain.


Chronic conditions have an impact on individuals since they represent a restraint on quality of life, functional status, and productivity of people who suffer from them but they also compromise the sustainability of health systems. In 2010, the Strategy for Tackling the Challenge of Chronicity in the Basque Country was published. It contains policies and projects aimed at reinventing the health delivery model with the purpose of improving the quality of care for chronic patients and advancing toward a more sustainable, proactive, and integrated model. We present 3 projects here: population stratification, integrated care initiatives, and innovation from health care staff.

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