Self-Management for Chronically Ill Pays Off with Improved Outcomes, Fewer Office Visits
From 1998 to 2002, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine developed and evaluated a disease management/patient self-care program for patients with chronic disease. The program, called "Health Partners," offered patients a choice of enrolling in either self-management education workshops or group visits with physicians or both.
Key findings derived from the first year of observations included:
- Measured physical disability continued to increase during the first year of observation, but most other measured outcomes remained stable or improved.
- Participants made fewer office visits than they had before entering the program.
- Participants in group visits found the experience more helpful than did workshop attendees, but the latter improved more on the measured outcomes.