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CanSmart online national survey launch

Montreal, September 14, 2015 - Currently, there is very limited support for chronic disease self-management in Canada, yet one in four Canadians have to manage several chronic diseases at the same time. Self-management defines what people with a chronic disease do (their action and behavior) to cope with the impact on their life. This includes working with caregivers and health professionals to become more confident and skilled in managing the disease.

Dr. Jane McCusker, a principal scientist at St Mary’s Research Centre, is leading a national research network to develop a new generation of self-management programs for Canadians living with multiple chronic illnesses. CanSMART brings together researchers, patients, caregivers, health care professionals and policy makers from across Canada to translate self-management knowledge into improved health for Canadians, and a strengthened, more sustainable Canadian health care system.

Her pan-Canadian research team has just launched an online national survey to allow people with chronic illness and their caregivers to give their input into what the top priorities for research should be for self-management of multiple chronic diseases. If you are 18 or older and affected by chronic illness, you can complete the online survey here.

This work is part of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Strategy for Patient Oriented Research. Please visit for the latest news, and other information about CanSMART.

For more information, contact:
Manon De Raad,
Project coordinator, St-Mary’s Hhospital Research Centre
514-345-3511 ext.3074