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An Interprofessional Approach to Chronic Conditions 2: Self-Management in Chronic Conditions

An Interprofessional Approach to Chronic Conditions 2: Self-Management in Chronic Conditions

Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
Tarae Waddell-Terry, MS, Christine Hsieh, MD
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
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Successful self-management involves support from healthcare professionals which includes assessing one's ability to carry out care, understanding treatment, being aware of the patient's access to resources and providing the patient with the resources necessary to adequately manage their health. The concept of this module is to give healthcare professionals and students an understanding of self-management, its effectiveness and the need for an interprofessional approach. It also includes pre-test, post-test and exercises. A certificate of completion is awarded, after completing the module in its entirety.

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Upon completion of this module, the participant will be able to:

  • Define chronic disease self-management and self-management supports.
  • Distinguish self-management education from patient education.
  • Review evidence supporting self-management in chronic conditions.
  • Identify and discuss key principles in self-management.
  • Illustrate an interdisciplinary approach to self-management using Congestive Heart Failure as a case study.
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Technical Requirements and Notes: This learning module uses Adobe Flash media and may require you to add a browser "plug-in" in order to display properly. Most computers already have this free plug-in installed. But, if yours does not, it is very easy to download and install. Try the module first because the software is "smart" enough to detect the Flash player. If the module doesn't begin, you will be automatically prompted to download the plug-in. The module contains links to external websites which will open in a new browser window. Your browser's back button will not return to the module, so these new windows should be closed.

In order to track your progress, you must create an account and fill out a brief demographic profile. Once the profile has been created, you can log directly into the course.

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Suggested Citation:
Dr. Christine Hsieh, MD and Tarae Waddell-Terry, MS. An Interprofessional Approach to Chronic Conditions 2: Self-Management in Chronic Conditions. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2009 Available from: