Q: What is a “Patient Self Management” program?
A: In 2003, the Institute of Medicine defined self-management
support as “the systematic provision of education and supportive interventions
by health care staff to increase patients’ skills and confidence in managing
their health problems, including regular assessment of progress and problems,
goal setting, and problem-solving support.” Simply stated, a "Patient Self
Management Program" provides you with education so that you become a more active
part of your health care team. When you become more involved in your health
care, the result is that you will be a healthier and more compliant patient!
Q: What programs does LPIHO currently offer?
A: LPIHO currently offers a Diabetes Patients Self-Management
Program as well as a Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Program.
Q: What should I expect during my visits with my pharmacist coach?
A: Our programs are structured as follows:
Initial visit: Your Pharmacist coach will review the program guidelines,
review your medical history, make sure you have functional medical equipment if
needed (i.e. blood glucose monitor, home blood pressure monitor, etc.), and
administer a knowledge exam. This exam is used only to see which areas you are
strong in and which areas the pharmacist should spend more time providing
education to you.
Visits 2-6 (diabetes) & 2-4 (cardiovascular):
Ongoing visits (quarterly): Your pharmacist will continue to review all
recent lab work with you to help you monitor your health as well as continue to
monitor your clinical markers (such as blood pressure, weight, etc). You will
continue to try and meet your program goals as well as set new goals on your way
to optimal health!
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