Chronic conditions are ongoing health problems. If you have a chronic condition, you may need to take medicine or make lifestyle changes to manage your condition.
A care plan can help you manage your condition and improve your health. Your plan should be based on your personal needs and goals. Care plans usually include information about how to take medicines, manage symptoms, make necessary appointments, and do things at home to better manage your condition.
If you have a chronic condition, you may already have developed a plan with your doctor. Follow your plan and talk with a member of your care team if you have questions or concerns.
If you don't have a care plan and have trouble managing your condition, talk with your doctor. Together, you and your doctor can create a plan to help you get better control of your condition and improve your health.
Check out the Living Well With Chronic Conditions workshops that Kaiser Permanente offers members at no extra cost.
This six-week program can help you learn skills that can improve your health. You may attend group sessions or participate online. Participants report having more energy, fewer symptoms, less disability, and better communication with their doctors.
Common chronic conditions include:
You can find information about other chronic conditions in Health and Wellness Resources or by using the search box.