Surveillance systems need to be improved to assess health-related quality of life and functional status and inform the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of public health policies, programs, and interventions relevant to individuals living with chronic illness. Therefore, the committee recommends that a standing national work group be established to oversee and coordinate multidimensional chronic illnesses surveillance activity.

To improve living well with chronic illness, the committee recommends the testing and evaluation of existing, emerging, and/or new models of chronic disease care that align the resources of community-based organizations, the health care delivery system, employers and businesses, the media, and the academic community. Additional important recommendations are presented in this report regarding research and evaluation, interventions, policies, and surveillance to promote public health action around chronic illness.

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