Healthcare Quarterly

Healthcare Quarterly 18(4) January 2016 : 49-54.doi:10.12927/hcq.2016.24550
Patient Self-Management

Self-Management Support in Chronic Care: Practice Implementation Lessons for Healthcare Providers from an Atlantic Collaborative

Claudia Amar, Jenn Verma, Darla King, Donna MacAusland, Therese Harper and Michael Vallis


In Atlantic Canada, people live with greater risk factors and higher rates of chronic disease than the average Canadian; and health system costs have historically risen faster than other parts of the country. Many clinicians endorse self-management support (SMS) as a means to help patients manage their chronic conditions but often lack the confidence and proper expertise to do so due to limited literature on SMS implementation. This paper draws on two case examples from Atlantic Canada to address gaps between effective SMS interventions and the implementation and evaluation of such interventions that can support provider adoption.



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