Chronische Erkrankungen: Definition und Verständnis

Translated title of the contribution: Chronic diseases: Definition and basic concept

H. Raspe*

*Corresponding author for this work
4 Citations (Scopus)


The baroque deity Chronos symbolizes much of what we intuitively connect with "chronic", but it must not obscure our view of the diversity of chronic diseases. Common to all forms is a prognostic implication: a chronic disease and all associated burden will accompany the patient for the rest of his/her life. Chronic diseases are in general multifocal disorders simultaneously affecting biological, psychic, and social equilibria. This requires systematic problem-screening and -assessment, including possible comorbidities. Comorbidity in a strict sense should be distinguished from risk factors, implications, complications, and consequences of the index disorder of interest. The assessment is usually followed by the shared identification of therapeutic goals and indications. In chronic disorders, a wide spectrum of diagnostic and therapeutic approaches, methods, and professions becomes relevant.

Translated title of the contributionChronic diseases: Definition and basic concept
Original languageGerman
JournalBundesgesundheitsblatt - Gesundheitsforschung - Gesundheitsschutz
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)4-8
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 01.2011


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