Women's College Hospital

Women's College Hospital

September 19, 2007 15:25 ET

Women's College Hospital Offers Free Chronic Disease Self Management Courses

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 19, 2007) -

WHAT:

Dr. Susan Jaglal, Senior Research Scientist at Women's College Research Institute, is offering free self-management courses through videoconferencing (telehealth) to Northern Ontario residents with chronic diseases. The intent of the study is to see if people can learn the skills they need to self-manage their illnesses by taking free courses through telehealth. Free courses will be offered in various Northern Ontario communities this fall and next winter, including Atikokan, Manitowadge, Sturgeon Falls, Red Lake, Terrace Bay, Blind River, Sioux Lookout, Kirkland Lake, and Cochrane. The main objective of the course is to improve the participants' self-management practices by increasing their knowledge, identifying healthy and unhealthy behaviors, and developing self-care skills.

Dr. Jaglal's research team is looking for Northern Ontario residents with chronic diseases to enroll in these free courses, and participate in her study to determine whether this "distance learning" approach is effective. The study will require participants to complete a telephone survey four times during the year.

Each free course is six weeks long, with one 2 1/2 hour session per week. The course as well as all materials (e.g. workbooks) are available free of charge to participants. Courses will be held at participating local Ontario Telemedicine Network studios.

WHEN & WHERE:

Free courses have already been scheduled at:

1. Manitouwadge General Hospital

Wednesdays from 2 - 4:30 pm, from September 26th, 2007 until October 31st,
2007

2. Atikokan General Hospital

Wednesdays from 2 - 4:30 pm (EST), from September 26th, 2007 until October 31st,
2007

3. West Nipissing General Hospital (Sturgeon Falls)

Wednesdays from 1:30 - 4:00 pm, from October 3rd, 2007 to November 7th, 2007

4. Kirkland and District Hospital

Thursdays from 1:30-4:00pm, from October 18 until November 22nd 2007

5. McCausland Hospital (Terrace Bay)

Tuesdays from 1:30-4:00 pm, from October 30 - December 4th 2007

Courses will also be given at the following institutions, though dates / times have not yet been confirmed:



- Red Lake: Margaret Cochenour Memorial Hospital
- Blind River: Blind River District Health Centre
- Cochrane: Lady Minto Hospital
- Sioux Lookout: Sioux Lookout Men-Ya-Win Health Centre

WHO: Individuals are eligible for the free courses if they are:

- 55 years of age or older
- Have been diagnosed by a physician with one or more of:
- Chronic lung disease (asthma, chronic bronchitis, or chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease / emphysema)
- Heart disease (coronary artery disease or congestive heart failure)
- Stroke
- Arthritis


People interested in participating can contact the research coordination office toll-free at 1-866-870-4560.

WHY: People living in rural and remote communities across northern Ontario have limited access to chronic disease self-management programs. If Dr. Jaglal's study shows that course participants can benefit from "distance learning" models, then access to self-management programs could be greatly enhanced for people living in Northern Ontario communities.



FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND TO ARRANGE FOR INTERVIEWS WITH
DR. JAGLAL, PLEASE CONTACT:

Tarik Bereket
Research Coordinator
Email: Tarik.bereket@wchospital.ca
Phone: (416) 323-6400 ext. 4062 or toll free 1-866-870-4560


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT DR. SUSAN JAGLAL IS BELOW.

BIO SKETCH: DR. SUSAN JAGLAL, Ph. D.

Dr. Susan Jaglal is a Senior Research Scientist at the Osteoporosis Research Program at Women's College Research Institute. She is also the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute Chair in Rehabilitation Research at the University of Toronto. Dr. Jaglal is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy with cross-appointments to the Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Science, the Department of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation and the Public Health Sciences at the University of Toronto. She is also a Senior Scientist at the Institute for Clinical and Evaluative Sciences. She also serves on the Osteoporosis Action Plan Committee to the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.

To view a Dr. Susan Jaglal's profile, please visit the link below:

http://www.womensresearch.ca/people/faculty/jaglal.php

Contact Information

  • Women's College Hospital
    Tarik Bereket
    Research Coordinator
    (416) 323-6400 ext. 4062 or Toll Free 1-866-870-4560