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New Online Program Launched to Help Patients Self-Manage their Chronic Conditions

Author: Jacqueline Rivier

Adults across Ontario living with chronic conditions can now participate in a free online workshop available to individuals with any type of chronic condition. The Online Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is an evidence-based program developed at Stanford University that helps people who have ongoing health problems learn how to take control of their health. It is a six-week interactive workshop that takes place entirely online.

Considered a best practice program in self-management of chronic diseases, the Stanford self-management programs empower individuals living with chronic conditions to build skills and confidence to help them cope with their disease and live a healthier life. Research has shown these programs lead to improved health status and self-efficacy of participants, as well as fewer days spent in the hospital (Lorig et al., 1999, 2006; Brady et al., 2013).

Your patient will learn how to take small steps towards positive changes including how to manage medications, eat better, accomplish goals, start an exercise program, manage stress, and communicate more effectively with family, physicians, and friends.

Visit for more information about this new online program, or contact Jacqueline Rivier at or 613-562-6262 X 1648.


Lorig, K.R., Ritter, P.L., Laurent, D.D., & Plant, K. (2006). Internet-based chronic disease self-management: a randomized trial. Medical Care, 44(11): 964-971.

Lorig, K.R., Sobel, D.S., Ritter, P.L., Laurent, D., Hobbs, M. (2001). Effect of a self-management program on outcomes and costs in patients with chronic disease. Effective Clinical Practice, 4(6):256-262.

Brady TJ, Murphy L, O’Colmain BJ, et al. (2013). A Meta-Analysis of Health Status, Health Behaviors, and Health Care Utilization Outcomes of the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program. Preventing Chronic Disease, 10(E07).

Advance Care Planning Day: Don’t Take Chances

Speak UpApril 16th is National Advance Care Planning Day, a day for you and others to reflect on decisions made at the end of life. This is a day to begin a conversation with a loved one or a patient about their wishes for end of life care – or it might remind you to review your own plan.

Visit to start the conversation about end-of-life care.

Health care professionals will also find extensive resources to help others make a plan, including a short workbook for patients and families to create an Advanced Care Plan.

Don’t Take Chances, Share Your Wishes

Five Steps of Advance Care Planning

Advance care planning cartoonToo many Canadians don’t have a plan for their future healthcare. But Advance Care Planning is easy!

Speak to your patients about the five easy steps outlined in the video below.

A short workbook for patients and families to create an Advance Care Plan is also available in English and French on the Speak Up website.

Where is Your Parachute?

It’s never too early to plan for end-of-life care! View this short video from Pallium Canada, then learn more about advanced care planning at


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