Chronic diseases and health promotion

Preparing a Health Care Workforce for the 21st Century:
The Challenge of Chronic Conditions

WHO report

This publication calls for the transformation of healthcare workforce training to better meet the needs of caring for patients with chronic conditions, predicated upon the rapid escalation in chronic health problems around the world. To provide effective care for chronic conditions, the skills of health professionals must be expanded to meet these new complexities.

The report presents a new, expanded training model, based on a set of core competencies that apply to all members of the workforce. This model has been endorsed by the World Medical Association (WMA), International Council of Nurses (ICN), International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), European Respiratory Society (ERS), International Alliance of Patients' Organizations (IAPO) and others.