|NINR director Dr. Patricia Grady (seated, middle) and attendees have a discussion after Dr. Sarah Szanton’s presentation, “A Community-based Approach to Self-Management.”
NINR and the American Nurses Association (ANA) recently cosponsored the 2013 National Nursing Research Roundtable titled, “The Science of Chronic Illness Self-Management.” Since 1987, the annual event has brought together an interdisciplinary group of practitioners, policy leaders and educators from across the country. This year, participants discussed the latest evidence-based strategies that help individuals with chronic conditions and their caregivers better understand and manage their health.
NINR director Dr. Patricia Grady and Dr. Karen Daley, president of the ANA, welcomed attendees at the opening session. Grady noted that “self-management has always been an important research program at NINR…but it is growing increasingly important to the public.” She then outlined NINR’s current role in funding research and training in this area, as well as described future opportunities.
With rising rates of chronic illness and increasing financial pressures on the nation’s health care system, self-management has become an important topic. Chronic disease—such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes—accounts for more than 75 percent of health care costs in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Patients with chronic illnesses or conditions may face many years of associated disability and distress. Increasing evidence suggests that coordination of care with clinicians, as well as the individual’s ability to manage his or her own health long-term, are critical to effectively dealing with these issues.
To conclude the day, Grady stated, “Current health issues demand self-management and we need to support this proactively. The research presented today informs practice and policy and helps everyone around the table—not just in research, but also in curricula and practice.”
NINR will partner with the Oncology Nursing Society for the 2014 National Nursing Research Roundtable, scheduled for Mar. 6-7, 2014.