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Review: most disease management programmes for providers and patients lead to improvements in care

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 QUESTION: What is the effectiveness of provider and patient targeted interventions used in disease management programmes for patients with chronic illness?

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Studies were identified by searching Medline, HealthSTAR, and the Cochrane Database from January 1987 to June 2001; hand searching bibliographies of relevant articles and reviews; and consulting experts in the field.

Study selection

English language controlled clinical trials that evaluated the effectiveness of disease management programmes in improving care or reducing costs and potentially using multiple treatment methods for patients with common chronic conditions were selected for review. Studies were excluded if they did not use acceptable experimental or quasi-experimental design; exclusively evaluated single treatment methods or drug compliance programmes; or did not report sufficient information to allow for estimation of ≥1 relevant measure of programme effect and its variance.

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  • For correspondence: Dr S Weingarten, Zynx Health, Beverly Hills, CA, USA. sweingarten{at}

  • Abstract and commentary also appear in ACP Journal Club.

  • Source of funding: TAP Pharmaceutical Products.