Guided care :a new frontier for adults with chronic conditions

Sherry L. Aliotta, Kathleen Grieve, Jean F. Giddens, Linda Dunbar, Carol Groves, Katherine Frey, Chad Boult

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Purpose: This article describes "Guided Care," a promising new model of case management that includes disease management, self-management, transitional care, and caregiver support for multimorbid patients and their families. Primary Practice Settings: Guided Care nurses, based at primary care practices, extend services to the home and all the other settings where their patients receive care. Findings and Conclusions: Guided Care nurses take responsibility for 50-60 multimorbid patients. For each patient, the nurse performs a home assessment and creates an evidence-based plan of care. In partnership with the primary physician, the Guided Care nurse then monitors and coaches the patient monthly, coordinates the patient's transitions between providers and sites of care, educates and supports family caregivers, and facilitates access to community resources. Implications for Case Management Practice: As a next stage in the evolution of case management, Guided Care may be supported by Medicare and, therefore, adopted widely throughout the American healthcare.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)151-158
Number of pages8
JournalProfessional Case Management
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2008


  • Case management
  • Chronic disease
  • Multimorbidity
  • Nursing
  • Primary care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management
  • Health Policy
  • Care Planning
  • Assessment and Diagnosis


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