In an effort to improve health and reduce health care costs, community-based self-management programs may prove useful for older adults with multiple chronic conditions. This study examines the difference between participants and nonparticipants in a chronic disease self-management (CDSM) program for older adults.
Using information from CDSM participants and nonparticipants from a match-pair cluster-randomized controlled trial for the Guided Care Model, the study gathered information on 241 subjects aged 65 years or older, at high risk for health care utilization, and not homebound. Participants were invited to attend a six-session CDSM course. Information gathered included demographics, health status, health activities, and quality of care.
While this study is limited in sample size and generalizability, the study suggests that CDSM programs can meet the need for patient activation support.