Improving Self-Management of Chronic Conditions

Improving Self-Management of Chronic Conditions Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Educating and engaging individuals in self-management of chronic conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, and asthma can increase patient activation and lead to better health outcomes.

The featured Innovations describe three programs that used innovative strategies to improve disease-related knowledge and self-management behaviors among vulnerable populations. One program used patient navigators to deliver culturally tailored chronic disease education to minority populations; a second used trained peers to educate and support veterans in self-management of hypertension; and the third profile describes an emergency department–based asthma clinic that helped low-income children and their families improve asthma self-management and reduce acute episodes.

The featured QualityTools include resources for clinicians to increase their knowledge and skills related to self-management support and a Web site that provides training materials for the peer program described in the featured profile.

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