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Seeking the views of health professionals on translating chronic disease self-management models into practice

journal contribution
posted on 01.04.2010, 00:00 authored by Amelia LakeAmelia Lake, Petra StaigerPetra Staiger
Abstract
Few studies have investigated the views of health professionals with respect to their use of chronic disease self-management (CDSM) in the workplace.
Objective
This qualitative study, conducted in an Australian health care setting, examined health professional's formal self-management (SM) training and their views and experiences on the use of SM techniques when working with people living with a chronic illness.
Methods
Purposive sample of 31 health care professionals from a range of service types participated in semi-structured interviews.
Results
The majority of participants (65%) had received no formal training in SM techniques. Participants reported a preference for an eclectic approach to SM, relying primarily on five elements: collaborative care, self-responsibility, client's individual situation, structured support and linking with community agencies. Problems with CDSM centred on medication management, complex measuring devices and limited efficacy with some patient groups.
Conclusion
This study provides valuable information with respect to the use of CDSM within the workplace from the unique perspective of a range of healthcare providers within an Australian health care setting.
Practice implications
Training implications, with respect to CDSM and patient care, are discussed, together with how these findings contribute to the debate concerning how SM principles are translated into healthcare settings.

History

Journal

Patient education and counseling

Volume

79

Issue

1

Pagination

62 - 68

Publisher

Elsevier

Location

Amsterdam, Netherlands

ISSN

0738-3991

eISSN

1873-5134

Language

eng

Notes

Reproduced with the specific permission of the copyright owner.

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

Copyright notice

2009, Elsevier Ireland Ltd