Self-Managed Care of Chronic Disease
Self-management intervention refers to building skills, such as problem-solving and decision making, to help one manage a chronic health condition. Specialized chronic disease self-management services are provided by several occupational therapists at UIHHSS. Occupational therapists facilitate the 6-week Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop, open to all patients and their friends/family members.
After completing this workshop, research has shown that participants have fewer days in the hospital, outpatient visits, and ER visits because of their health condition. Workshop participants also self-report improved health, increased ability to participate in social activities, more energy, and less fatigue. Occupational therapists also provide individual self-management services to outpatient clients at UIHHSS.