Staying HealthY with Chronic Diseases


“In my internal medicine training here at UCSF, I was struck by how much of my hospitalized patients’ disability could have been prevented,” says Dr. Sarkar. This observation led to our focus on empowering patients and health care teams to manage chronic conditions to prevent disability and death.  We have worked on many chronic diseases and high-risk states, ranging from diabetes and cardiovascular diseases to cancer survivorship. We believe that supporting patients and families, across diverse backgrounds, to manage their health at home in between visits is critical to improving health for those with chronic diseases.

Dr. Sarkar’s research identifies strategies for health care organizations to address the needs of patients, including those with limited health literacy, who manage chronic conditions. She spoke about these approaches at the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine in July 2019.

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