Improving Self-Management of Chronic Conditions through a Community Education Program
Methods: This is an evaluation of health and behavior outcomes of participants who voluntarily completed a 6-week series PATH program with pre/post measures, during 2011 to 2014 (n= 751). Certified PATH educators delivered the program at various sites in Michigan.
Results: Communication with healthcare providers significantly improved from (M = 3.91) to (M = 4.22) pre/post program, [t (1,426) = 4.37, p < .001]. Participants’ self-efficacy significantly increased from (M = 5.55) to (M = 6.39) pre/post program, [t (1,426) = 5.88, p < .001]. No significant change was found in reported health distress. Additional results available.
Conclusion: PATH programs may be a useful tool in helping individuals improve detrimental skills in managing their conditions such as self-efficacy and improved communication with health care providers.
Learning Areas:Chronic disease management and prevention
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Discuss community education programs that focus on enhancing self-management skills Discuss the importance of self efficacy in managing chronic conditions
Keyword(s): Community Health Programs, Chronic Disease Management and Care
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a Certified Health Education Specialist and have been involved in community education programs. I have been teaching and evaluating programs that focus on chronic disease management for over 8 years.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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