Chronic condition is a biological or physical condition where the natural evolution of the condition can significantly impact on a person’s overall quality of life, including an irreversible inability to perform basic physical and social functions.
Serious and persistent chronic conditions are multidimensional, interdependent, complex and ongoing. Chronic conditions are characterised by persistent and recurring health consequences lasting for three months or more.
The term ‘illness’ is not used as it implies a more narrow scope of health issues that impact on a person’s quality of life.
Ministry of Health. 2015. New Zealand Palliative Care Glossary. Wellington: Ministry of Health.