Notes to editors
1. Managing Chronic Disease: What can we learn from the US experience?, by Jennifer Dixon, Richard Lewis, Rebecca Rosen, Belinda Finlayson and Diane Gray, is available priced £8 from The King's Fund on 020 7307 2591, or by visiting www.kingsfund.org.uk/publications.
2. The report is based on a study of how five relatively high performing managed care organisations commissioned care for people with chronic conditions. Each was visited in 2003 by a team from The King's Fund to identify as far as possible the factors associated with good chronic disease management. Data were collected from each site using semi-structured interviews with senior staff, grey literature, visits to clinical facilities and contacts with practising clinicians.
3. The Department of Health is already funding a pilot project modelled on US healthcare provider Kaiser Permanente to help cut hospital admissions, and another major managed care organisation, United Health Care, to help cut hospital admissions in 18 PCTs in England.
4. The King's Fund is embarking on development work with selected PCTs in London to help them improve the care they give to people with chronic conditions. We are working with three PCTs in West London, one PCT in South East London and with North East London Strategic Health Authority to design and implement an intervention to enhance existing efforts to manage people with chronic disease. The pilots will be based on best practice lessons from the UK and US, and will take into account current initiatives in the UK health care environment.
5. For further information, interviews with the author or review copies, please contact Daniel Reynolds in The King's Fund media and public relations office on 020 7307 2581 or 07831 554927, or Michael Moruzzi on 020 7307 2585.