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New report now available on self-care manuals

Self-care manuals have been widely disseminated in the United States to the general public, employee group populations, and health care organizations. It has been thought that these manuals could improve patient health, satisfaction, and loyalty to health care providers and plans and, at the same time, reduce use of services and lower costs. With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a team at Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) recently completed a report that summarizes the available evidence on the effectiveness of self-care manuals. The report was produced with guidance from the AHRQ-funded Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) at OHSU.

To obtain a free copy of this spiral-bound, 98-page report, Assessment of Self-Care Manuals, contact the Oregon Health Sciences University, Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, 3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, Mailcode CB-669, Portland, OR 97201-3098; phone (503) 494-8257; fax (503) 494-4981.

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