Patients' perceived barriers to active self-management of chronic conditions

Anthony F Jerant, Marlene M. Von Friederichs-Fitzwater, Monique Moore

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Abstract

Few studies have elicited barriers to patient self-management of chronic conditions, and only one concerned people with two or more conditions. To inform development of Homing in on Health (HioH), a home delivery variant of the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP), we conducted 10 focus groups involving 54 chronically ill people, 46 (85%) of whom had multiple conditions. The goals were to elicit perceived barriers to active self-management and to accessing self-management support resources. Depression, weight problems, difficulty exercising, fatigue, poor physician communication, low family support, pain, and financial problems were the most frequently noted barriers to active self-management. The most common barriers to accessing self-management support resources were lack of awareness, physical symptoms, transportation problems, and cost/lack of insurance coverage. Our findings provided initial support for the Homing in on Health approach, since many of the barriers identified may be more amenable to home-based intervention than to centralized, facility-based programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)300-307
Number of pages8
JournalPatient Education and Counseling
Volume57
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2005

Keywords

  • Chronic disease
  • Comorbidity
  • Patient education
  • Self-care
  • Self-efficacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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