Chronic care management for the elderly: an opportunity for gerontological nurse practitioners.

Journal Article (Review;Journal Article)


To discuss the role that gerontological nurse practitioners (GNPs) may play in providing chronic care management for the elderly.

Data sources

Review of recent literature on chronic care management, personal experience of the authors in caring for older adults under the chronic care management model, and a case study.


GNPs are the most appropriate practitioners to provide and coordinate chronic care management to the population that needs it most--the elderly.

Implications for practice

Demographic shifts in the United States have increased the number of people with chronic illnesses; however, the nation's healthcare delivery system has not significantly evolved to meet the changing needs of its population. As a result, many people, especially older adults, suffer needlessly, and healthcare costs continue to rise. Chronic care management may alleviate older adults' chronic health problems, reduce expenditures for their health care, and promote their satisfaction and quality of life.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hendrix, CC; Wojciechowski, CW

Published Date

  • July 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 17 / 7

Start / End Page

  • 263 - 267

PubMed ID

  • 15982246

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1745-7599

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1041-2972

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1745-7599.2005.0044.x


  • eng