Populations at Risk Across the Lifespan: Program Evaluations
The Development of a Community and Home-Based Chronic Care Management Program for Older Adults
Article first published online: 6 MAY 2013
© 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Public Health Nursing
Volume 31, Issue 1, pages 36–43, January/February 2014
How to Cite
Cooper, J. and McCarter, K. A. (2014), The Development of a Community and Home-Based Chronic Care Management Program for Older Adults. Public Health Nursing, 31: 36–43. doi: 10.1111/phn.12049
- Issue published online: 6 JAN 2014
- Article first published online: 6 MAY 2013
- chronic illness;
- community health nursing;
- disease management;
- home health care;
- parish/faith community nursing
The objective of this paper was to evaluate a chronic care management program piloted by a visiting nurses association. Desired outcomes were to increase nurses' knowledge of self-management of chronic conditions and improve patient self-efficacy and clinical measures.
Program Plan and Implementation
The program provided educational development for nurses and piloted encounters with patients with chronic conditions targeting community health nurses for a chronic care professional (CCP) certification and invited 300 faith community nurses to an education program on chronic condition(s). Thirteen patients with chronic condition(s) were enrolled. Chronic care professional modules were used to increase nurses' knowledge and were measured by successful completion of a certification exam. Faith community nurses participated in an education program and completed a posttest to measure knowledge of content. Patient improvement in self-management was measured by pre- and postintervention self-efficacy scores and clinical measures.
Seventeen nurses successfully completed the exam, and 38 faith community nurses participated in the program and completed the posttest. Three patients showed improvement in self-efficacy scores and eight in clinical measures.
The educational development of community nurses prepared them to provide effective encounters to improve self-efficacy and clinical outcomes for older adults with chronic conditions.