Deborah Radcliffe-Branch, BA, MA, PhD
chronic disease self-management • management of multimorbidities
My research focuses on implementing and evaluating chronic disease self-management programs for patients with multiple, complex, chronic health conditions. The resource implications for addressing multiple chronic conditions (MCC) are immense - in Canada one third of people with chronic conditions account for 72 percent of nights spent in hospital. As the number of conditions increase, clinical outcomes worsen; providing care for patients with MCCs is challenging and is quickly becoming the main activity (and cost) for health care services. With no effective cure for these frequently progressive conditions, improving quality of life and functional capacity through better disease self-management is critical. Current evidence suggests that people with chronic illness who are able to self-manage their disease/s are likely to more appropriately use healthcare services, have fewer disease-related complications, communicate better with their health care team, and experience greater quality of life and better overall health.
McGill University Health Centre, Institute for Strategic Analysis and Innovation. Health Innovation Report. Raising the Bar On Health System Performance. Engaging patients to manage chronic diseases: My Tool Box, the MUHC's Chronic Disease Self-Management program.
Geriatrics & Aging, A Review of Older Women's Health Priorities, Deborah Radcliffe-Branch, PhD, Cara Tannenbaum, MDCM, MSc Disclosures, Geriatrics and Aging. 2006;9(2):124-128.
Synergizing expectation and execution for stroke community of practice innovations. Implementations Science, 2010, 5, 44 PMID: 20529305.
Efficacité des groupes de soutien a l'autogestion pour des personnes atteintes des maladies chroniques avec comorbidité de santé mentale en soins de santé primaires: un essai Clinique randomisé pragmatique, CIHR, 2013.