The Health Council of Canada (HCC) released a report recommending that “all health care systems across Canada move actively to provide self-management supports in a more systematic way,” especially for Canadians with chronic conditions.
It is widely recognized that self-management care should be a routine part of primary health care, yet, improvements are needed in Canada. For now, Canada’s efforts on self-management are fragmented. As such, the Health Council of Canada recommends that governments across Canada:
- Create an integrated, system-wide approach to self-management support, where monitoring takes place against health system performance objectives, measures, and targets.
- Enable primary health care providers to deliver self-management support as a routine part of care through training of effective and innovative techniques and redesign of funding models and practices.
- Broaden and deepen efforts to reach more Canadians who need self-management support by ensuring that it is accessible to patients of different cultures, languages, and literacy skills.
- Engage patients and informal caregivers as a key part of any systemic approach.
Many provincial governments have established a provincial chronic disease prevention and management framework to direct improvements to self-management and client-centered care. These are listed in a chart on page 54 of the report.
The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care funds 14 regional self-management programs that support the delivery of self-management workshops and initiatives such as the Living Well workshop series and the Choices and Changes workshop for health care providers.
For a PDF copy of the report Self-management support for Canadians with chronic health conditions: A focus for primary health care, please click here. For a French copy, please click here. Or you can download the report and background materials from the HCC website directly.