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The science of self-management examines strategies to help individuals with chronic conditions, their families and caregivers better understand and manage their illness and enhance health behavior. This science area relates to assisting individuals and their families to live with their chronic illness by developing effective self-management approaches to improve quality of life and reduce the burden of illness.

Advances from NINR-sponsored studies in self-management research include:

  • A church-based, culturally-targeted self-management program for African Americans with type 2 diabetes improved medication adherence, increased healthy eating, and improved blood pressure, blood lipids, physical activity, and waist circumference. View PubMed Abstract
  • Adolescents with type 1 diabetes who completed both diabetes management education and behavioral intervention programs had higher glycemic control, better quality of life, social acceptance, and lower family stress levels than adolescents who completed only one program. View PubMed Abstract
  • In a randomized controlled trial heart failure patients who participated in a nurse-delivered education intervention had better medication adherence and longer event-free survival than those who received usual care.  View PubMed Abstract
  • A new, 20 item scale was developed to measure HIV self-management in women. The instrument takes into account community resources and social support, both of which influence women’s ability to self-manage their chronic illness. View PubMed Abstract

Selected Funding Opportunities

  • PA-15-122: Administrative Supplements for Common Basic Sociobehavioral Mechanisms and Processes that Facilitate or Impede Self-Management of Chronic Conditions (Admin Supp). Open February 24, 2015- June 2, 2015

  • PA-14-344, PA-14-343, and PA-14-345: Self-Management for Health in Chronic Conditions (R01, R21, and R15). Open September 19, 2014- January 8, 2018

  • PA-14-316: Obesity and Asthma: Awareness and Self- Management (R01). Open August 8, 2014- September 8, 2017

  • PA-14-180 and  PA-14-181: mHealth Tools for Underserved Populations with Chronic Conditions to Promote Effective Patient-Provider Communication, Adherence to Treatment and Self-Management (R01 and R21). Open April 18, 2014- May 8, 2017

  • PA-14-112 and PA-14-113: Family-Centered Self-Management of Chronic Conditions (R01 and R21). Open February 24, 2014- May 8, 2017

  • PA-14-029 and PA-14-030: Chronic Illness Self-Management in Children and Adolescents (R01 and R21). Open December 11, 2013- January 8, 2017

Please see the NINR Funding Opportunities page for a complete list of NINR co-sponsored funding opportunities.

NINR Contacts

NINR's Extramural Programs contacts in Self-Management are:

Dr. Karen Huss
Self-Management in Acute and Chronic Conditions, Caregiving

Martha Matocha, PhD
Team Lead, Symptom Science and Genetics; Self-Management


For more information on self-management, visit the following pages:

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