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Recommended Reading

The purpose of this site is to allow health care providers to quickly learn the basics of helping patients be better self-managers of their health care. We know that providers are confused about the best ways to deliver self-management support to their patients. We have heard that in their busy day they need easy-to-use tools to get started helping their patients with self care. To that end, this site has been divided into three modules that teach the healthcare provider to:

  • Assess where patients are with their self care and elicit a care issue relevant to their lives
  • Assist patients to set a behavioural goal that addresses their self care issue and design a simple action plan that helps the patient take his/her first steps toward achieving that goal
  • Assist patients with enacting their action plans and to undertake follow-up with patients to ensure their continued success.

The websites and articles listed below provide a wide range of evidence relating to self-management of chronic health conditions and self-management support. Nearly everything listed here can be found online, either by clicking on links or searching title online.

American Association of Diabetes Educators:
AADE7 Self-Care Behaviors: Measurable behavior change is the desired outcome of diabetes education
Brief Negotiation Roadmap – Kaiser Permanente:
online interactive tutorial
California Health Care Foundation:
Better Chronic Disease Care
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Chronic Care Self-management Guideline Team:
Evidence-based care guideline for chronic care: self-management. 
Improving Chronic Illness Care:
The Chronic Care Model 
Improving Chronic Illness Care: 
Understanding Goal Setting and Action Planning