Community-based self-management programs for improving participation in life activities in older adults with chronic conditions

Our primary objective is to assess the effects of professional-led and mixed-led (combining both professional and lay input) community-based chronic disease self-management (CDSM) interventions compared with usual care, for increasing participation in life activities for adults 65 years of age and older who have at least one chronic condition. Our secondary objective is to examine factors which could modify the effects of the CDSM intervention such as the following intervention characteristics: whether the program is (a) generic versus disease-specific, (b) specific to older adults or not, (c) professionally-led or mixed.

In addition to these objectives, we also intend to communicate implementation and evaluation information to practitioners and healthcare decision makers.

This is a protocol.