Qualities of care managers in chronic disease management: Patients and providers' expectations

Ramona S. Dejesus, Kristin S. Vickers, Lisa A. Howell, Robert J. Stroebel

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Background: The collaborative care model has been shown in studies to be effective in achieving sustained treatment outcomes in chronic disease management. Its success is highly dependent on active patient engagement, provider endorsement and effective care management. This study sought to ask patients and providers what qualities they look for in a care manager. Method: A questionnaire with 3 open ended questions was mailed out randomly to 1000 patients residing in Olmsted County, MN identified through the registry to have type 2 diabetes mellitus. Forty-two primary care providers received similar questionnaire with 2 open ended questions. Answers were qualitatively analyzed using coding and identification of major themes. Result: One hundred seventy-five patients and 22 providers responded. Both groups listed being knowledgeable, having good communication skills and certain personality traits as common themes on what are desirable qualities in a care manager. Patients felt that a care manager would be most helpful by being accessible. Providers listed undesirable qualities to include not being a team player and not knowing practice limitations. Conclusion: Both patients and providers have clear expectations of a care manager which carry significant implications in recruiting and training care managers for chronic disease management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)235-239
Number of pages5
JournalPrimary Care Diabetes
Issue number3
StatePublished - Oct 1 2012


  • Care manager
  • Diabetes
  • Qualities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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