Carol V. O'Shaughnessy, MA
Throughout the current health care debate, ways to manage the care of chronic conditions have received a great deal of attention. Management of chronic care is an issue for providers and payers, but patients have a role in managing their conditions as well. Bills being considered by Congress contain proposals for Medicare patient-centered "medical homes" that include support for patient self-management strategies. But finding effective ways to encourage patient self-management has long been a challenge. This Forum session discussed evidence-based strategies being used to help patients manage chronic conditions and reduce health care utilization. Speakers addressed the role of patient self-management and reviewed a model that has shown success, the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) developed by Stanford University. Speakers also discussed state agency and health plan implementation of CDSMP and other interventions to encourage healthy behaviors.
Ken Brummel-Smith, MD, Charlotte Edwards Maguire Chair and Professor, Department of GeriatricsCollege of Medicine, Florida State University; Kate R. Lorig, DrPH, Professor Emerita, School of MedicineDirector, Patient Education Research Center, Stanford University; Patricia A. Polansky, Assistant Commissioner, Division of Aging and Community Services, New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services; Margaret Haynes, Director, Partnership for Healthy Aging and Elder Care Services, MaineHealth; Kim Wicklund, Manager, Health Information & Promotion, Group Health Cooperative, Seattle, Washington