Protocol for a randomised controlled trial of chronic disease self-management support for older Australians with multiple chronic diseases

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    Abstract

    The prevalence of older Australians with multiple chronic diseases is increasing and now accounts for a large proportion of total health care utilisation. Chronic disease self-management support (CDSMS) has become a core service component of many community based health programs because it is considered a useful tool in improving population health outcomes and reducing the financial burden of chronic disease care. However, the evidence base to justify these support programs is limited, particularly for older people with multiple chronic diseases. We describe an ongoing trial examining the effectiveness of a particular CDSMS approach called the Flinders Program. The Flinders Program is a clinician-led generic self-management intervention that provides a set of tools and a structured process that enables health workers and patients to collaboratively assess self-management behaviours, identify problems, set goals, and develop individual care plans covering key self-care, medical, psychosocial and carer issues. A sample of 252 older Australians that have two or more chronic conditions will be randomly assigned to receive either CDSMS or an attention control intervention (health information only) for 6. months. Outcomes will be assessed using self-reported health measures taken at baseline and post-intervention. This project will be the first comprehensive evaluation of CDSMS in this population. Findings are expected to guide consumers, clinicians and policymakers in the use of CDSMS, as well as facilitate prioritisation of public monies towards evidence-based services.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)946-952
    Number of pages7
    JournalContemporary Clinical Trials
    Volume32
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011

    Keywords

    • Attention control
    • Chronic disease
    • Co-morbidity
    • Primary care
    • Randomised controlled trial
    • Self-management support

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