Patient Self-Management Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Self-management is an important aspect of health care for individuals with chronic conditions. Patients and their families often have to learn and follow complex medical regimens, and make challenging changes in lifestyle, such as weight loss or increasing exercise. Through collaboration, patients, family, and providers share information, understand the patient’s goals, and create a plan that can be used to guide care at home and in the clinical setting.
The featured Innovations describe three programs that implemented one or more of the components of self-management that led to increased knowledge, adopting healthy behavior, and/or goal-setting.
The featured QualityTools describe three practical resources that health care professionals can use to support patients in self-management.
- Comprehensive Screening, Guideline-Based Treatment, and Self-Management Support Enhanced Access to Asthma Care, Reduced Hospitalizations and Costs
- In-Office Education via Hand-Held Electronic Device Enhances Patient Knowledge Without Burdening Primary Care Staff
- With Support From Web-Based Tools, Pharmacists Help Individuals Adopt Healthier Behaviors, Reduce Cardiovascular Risk
Also in This Issue:
- Lay Health Advisors Help Urban American Indian Women Overcome Barriers to Breast Cancer Screening
- Round-the-Clock Intensivists Eliminate Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia, Central Line Infections, and Pressure Ulcers in Intensive Care Unit
- Community-Based Provider Training and Education Enhances Access to Oral Health Screenings and Fluoride Treatments for Low-Income Children
- Standardized Processes and Tools Significantly Enhance Provision of Recommended Care to Teens With Asthma
- Emergency Department Expedites Treatment of Moderate Acuity Patients, Reducing Length of Stay and Walkouts
- Interactive Learning Program Integrated into Elementary School Curriculum Improves Student Knowledge and Behaviors Related to Nutrition and Physical Activity