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Arthritis Self Management

Another scientific focus area is selfmanagement to improve quality of life. One example of NINRsupported selfmanagement research is the COPE TEEN program that was developed and tested by Dr. Bernadette Melnyk at The Ohio State University College of Nursing. This schoolbased intervention addresses obesity, social skills, and mental health concerns in adolescents. The intervention includes education and cognitive behavioral skills development, as well as a variety of physical activities. Teens showed improved health behaviors and social skills, less depression, and better academic performance at the end of the intervention program. The improved outcomes were also sustained six months after completing the program with the.

COPE teens retaining a significantly lower body mass index BMI and maintaining healthier weights relative to control group participants. This program was presented by teachers as part of the health education curricula in high school settings. Therefore, the COPE TEEN intervention is a model of a feasible, costeffective, and sustainable selfmanagement program. Today, COPE TEEN has been implemented in several state schools at a minimal cost per student and has been adapted into a freshmanlevel college course at The Ohio State University. A program for adults is currently under development. Other NINRfunded SelfManagement program focus on Surviving cancer,.

In which patients and their families are assuming a greater role in managing followup care. Selfmanagement may act as a model of care where providers, patients, and families enter partnerships to manage care across all aspects of cancer treatment. Living with diabetes, where selfmanagement requires patients to integrate numerous new activities into their daily life. Identification of obstacles to diabetes selfmanagement, such as literacy, is vital, especially in diverse and vulnerable populations. Internet intervention programs are being tested to reach teens with diabetes, allowing them to manage their health more independently and improving outcomes.

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