New Tools Help Patients Self-Manage Chronic Illnesses

From 1997 to 1998, researchers at the Oregon Pacific Research Institute evaluated and enhanced the ongoing support patients need to manage a broad spectrum of chronic diseases, which affect more than 100 million Americans.

Specifically, researchers developed a survey that assesses a patient's self-management of illness on several levels, along with materials and action steps to help patients manage their illnesses.

Key Results

  • Project staff:

    • Developed and validated the Chronic Illness Resources Survey, which assesses a patient's illness self-management activities on six psychosocial and environmental factors:
      • Personal behaviors.
      • Family and friends.
      • The health care system.
      • The worksite.
      • The community.
      • Media, policy, and culture.
    • Developed and piloted personalized feedback materials and recommended action steps individualized for patients to help them increase community resources and support for illness self-management in ways consistent with their values.