The Patient Education & Self-Management priority is one of the three key focuses of the Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy (OOS). The goal of this priority is to empower at-risk patients with the knowledge and tools to understand and manage their fracture risk, providing resources for themselves, their families, and informal caregivers.
The OOS's Patient Education and Self-Management priority is in alignment with Ontario's Chronic Disease Prevention & Management (CDPM) Framework, which recognizes self-management as a crucial component of healthcare for all Ontarians. The CDPM model has proven to be effective in preventing and managing chronic diseases, contributing to better health and system outcomes.
The role of individuals in managing their risk of fractures and subsequent fractures is vital. In line with self-management principles, the OOS has integrated self-management strategies into its patient materials and presentations.
Self-management involves the active participation of individuals in achieving their own best health and wellness. This includes gaining confidence, knowledge, and skills to manage physical, social, and emotional aspects of life in partnership with healthcare teams and community supports.
With this priority, the Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy aims to:
- Reduce the risk of fractures or subsequent fractures for at-risk patients, by improving clinical and functional health outcomes.
- Embed self-management principles and best-practice strategies in all its work.
- Improve the care experience for people living with and at risk of osteoporosis and osteoporotic fractures.