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Chronic Conditions of Californians: Findings from the 2003 California Health Interview Survey

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This CHCF-funded report of findings from the 2003 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) provides information to help counties and local health systems identify areas with high rates of chronic conditions and assist them in meeting the needs of chronically ill patients. The report includes exhibits and maps outlining California statistics related to heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and asthma. It also provides prevalence rates and examines selected characteristics, including Medi-Cal enrollment, ethnicity, and income status of those with chronic conditions. Access to health care is particularly crucial for Californians with chronic illness. The report presents composites of access indicators that describe problems and barriers patients face when seeking care. Considering that regular monitoring can prevent costly complications, maintaining a well organized and accessible health service system can reduce health care costs and improve health outcomes associated with chronic conditions.