Managing Chronic Illnesses at Home

Conference on medical self-care and managed care for older persons

From 1998 to 1999, staff at the Center for the Advancement of Health hosted a series of meetings on medical self-care and the elderly that drew together researchers and representatives from managed care and health professional organizations.

Key Results

  • Project staff hosted three meetings to identify a research agenda on self-care and gaps in the translation of research to practice; and recommend ways to more effectively diffuse medical self-care programs into managed care and clinical practice in general.
    • The first meeting, "How Managed Care Can Help Older Persons Live Well with Chronic Conditions," took place on October 27–28, 1998, in Washington, D.C., and was attended by 57 people.
    • The second meeting, "Interventions to Improve Adherence to Medical Regimens in the Elderly," took place on May 19, 2000, in Washington, D.C., and was attended by 10 people.
    • The third meeting, "Imagining a Behavioral Insurance Benefit for Older Persons," took place on May 26, 2000, in Washington, D.C., and was attended by 24 people.

    Attendees included representatives from research institutions, managed care organizations, government agencies and foundations.

    Project staff also produced reports on each of the meetings.


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) supported this project through a grant of $85,760.

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