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The only way to help people with chronic illnesses manage their disease is to develop a care management protocol that extends through the entire disease process from the acute care episode to the community and back to the acute care facility, says Donna Zazworsky, RN, MS, CCM, FAAN, manager of network diabetes care, faith community nursing and telemedicine for Carondelet Health Network in Tucson, AZ.

Coordination of care helps patients manage disease