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Chronic disease self-management programs : perspectives on enablers and barriers to GP and patient engagement

Jordan, Joanne, Nankervis, Joan, Brand, Caroline and Osborne, Richard 2006, Chronic disease self-management programs : perspectives on enablers and barriers to GP and patient engagement, in GP & PHC 2006 : Optimising Impact : 2006 General Practice and Primary Health Care Research Conference Abstracts, Primary Health Care Research and Information Service, [Perth, W.A.].

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Title Chronic disease self-management programs : perspectives on enablers and barriers to GP and patient engagement
Author(s) Jordan, Joanne
Nankervis, Joan
Brand, Caroline
Osborne, Richard
Conference name General Practice and Primary Health Care Research Conference (2006 : Perth, W.A.)
Conference location Perth, W.A.
Conference dates 5-7 Jul. 2006
Title of proceedings GP & PHC 2006 : Optimising Impact : 2006 General Practice and Primary Health Care Research Conference Abstracts
Publication date 2006
Publisher Primary Health Care Research and Information Service
Place of publication [Perth, W.A.]
Summary Aims & rationale/Objectives : Chronic disease self-management programs (CDSMP) are increasingly being integrated into the health system to improve the care of people with chronic conditions. Despite activity at both policy and program levels, GPs as the 'gatekeepers' to the health system have generally not been well informed or engaged in this process. This study, in collaboration with 3 Victorian Divisions of General Practice, sought both GP and patient perspectives on enablers and barriers to engagement in self-management programs.
Methods : Interviews were conducted with GPs (n=20) and consumers (n=45) purposefully recruited from metropolitan and rural Victoria, representing key demographics of interest including low socioeconomic areas.
Principal findings : Lack of education/information and uncertainty about the effectiveness of self-management programs were key barriers for both GP and patient engagement. Programs that were sustainable and utilised existing community resources were viewed as enablers to increase uptake. GP and patient preferences for disease specific or generic CDSMP differed.
Discussion : Outcomes from the recent Council of Australian Governments' meeting suggest that self-management will be a centerpiece in forthcoming chronic disease initiatives. International evidence has highlighted the need for GP and patient engagement as critical in ensuring the recruitment of a critical mass of individuals to participate in CDSMP to ensure the sustainability of such initiatives. Insight from this study indicates that GPs and patients are not well informed about self-management, have different preferences to current policy trends and identifies several other barriers which need to be addressed if CDSMP are to be successful.
Implications : Identification of barriers and enablers of GP and patient engagement in self-management is essential in shaping current policy initiatives and delivery of future programs. This is supported by international evidence which indicates strongly that GP engagement in particular is crucial to the success of these programs.
Presentation type : Paper
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E3.1 Extract of paper
Copyright notice ©2006, Primary Health Care Research and Information Service
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