Self-Management Support (SMS) from a Chronic Disease Worker | 46421

Primary Health Care: Open Access

ISSN - 2167-1079


Self-Management Support (SMS) from a Chronic Disease Worker in a Rural Primary Health Service, a Pilot Study

Ervin K, Koschel A and Campi S

Abstract The benefits of self-management in chronic disease have been proven and are a recommendation by the peak body for primary care in Australia. In a region of rural Victoria Self-Management Support (SMS) programs have had limited success due to a lack of implementation by trained staff? In this study a small rural health service trained and supported staff to provide SMS care and evaluated the effect compared to usual general medical practitioner (GP) care. All clients (over the age of 18) allocated a GP care plan at local consenting medical clinics and those receiving SMS care at the rural health service were invited to participate in a survey using the Patient Assessment of Care for Chronic Conditions survey (PACIC). The PACIC is a brief, validated patient self-report instrument to assess the extent to which clients with chronic illness report care that is patient-centred, proactive, planned and includes collaborative goal setting; problem-solving and follow-up support. Responses were compared using non-parametric testing to determine differences between the SMS group and the patients from the GP group (usual care). Overall the SMS group reported higher frequencies of always or often receiving care that supported a patient centred, planned approach to chronic disease management. In particular for client involvement in making the plan, choosing their own goals, having a written list, understanding how their own self-care influences their condition and post visit contact. Client feedback supported the provision of the SMS program.