Short Report – Special Collection: African Health Systems

The contribution of family physicians to chronic disease management through continuity of care in Ghana

Stephen T. Engmann
African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine | Vol 13, No 1 | a3220 | DOI: | © 2021 Stephen T. Engmann | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 August 2021 | Published: 10 December 2021

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Stephen T. Engmann, Department of Family Medicine, Manna Mission Hospital, Accra, Ghana; and, Department of Family Medicine/Polyclinic, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Accra, Ghana


Chronic non-communicable diseases contribute significantly to Ghana’s disease burden. Ghana’s ability to achieve universal health coverage is threatened by the rising burden of chronic non-communicable diseases. There is a high unmet need for cardiovascular diseases care, with primary health care for cardiovascular diseases not being readily available, equitable, or sensitive to the requirements of target populations. The contribution of family physicians in the management of the chronic disease burden through care continuity cannot be overemphasised. This is a short report of the implementation of a chronic care clinic by a family physician in Manna Mission Hospital, which is located in the Greater Accra region of Ghana. Before the implementation, there was no such clinic in the hospital and patients with chronic conditions who visited the facility were sometimes lost to follow-up. The clinic which commenced in January 2019 has provided care for patients with chronic non-communicable diseases to date. The most common chronic diseases managed at the clinic include hypertension and heart failure, diabetes, stroke, asthma, sickle cell disease, and joint disorders. This report gives an account of the contribution of family physicians to chronic disease burden management through continuity of care in a low-resource setting like Ghana.


chronic care; chronic disease; family physician; care continuity; management; Ghana


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