CSCD Logo The overarching aim of the Center for Complexity and Self-management of Chronic Disease (CSCD) is to advance the science of self-management (SM) by addressing complexity, including the study of complex multi-component interventions and SM for people with complex comorbid conditions. In addition, the Center provides the infrastructure to facilitate interdisciplinary approaches and expand the pool of investigative teams who are equipped to successfully develop and implement externally funded programs of research in self-management.

The Center theme is “Leveraging complexity to improve health outcomes through self-management.” As knowledge and technology addressing disease advance, and the focus on health promotion and illness prevention continues to lag behind, the burden of chronic illness burgeons. Chronic illness in areas such as cardiovascular, lung, kidney and endocrine diseases is common, and advances in medicine have enabled the relabeling of cancer and HIV as chronic conditions. For example, in 2014, there are estimated to be over 13 million cancer survivors and more than 1.1 million survivors living with HIV. However, even more critical than the increase of chronic illness is the prevalence of multiple chronic conditions.
The facts are sobering: Improved self-management is one solution to abate the rising cost of healthcare and improve the health outcomes in those with multiple chronic conditions. Self-management is one of the goals of the Multiple Chronic Conditions Strategic Framework, is one of the six components of the Chronic Care Model, and is defined by the Oxford dictionary as “taking responsibility for one’s own behavior” and well-being in this case.
CSCD investigators contribute innovative methods and practice to self-managmeent science by addressing complexity in three ways: The Center for Complexity and Self-Management of Chronic Disease utilizes three cores to meet its objectives: an Administrative Core (ACORE), a Pilot Core (PCORE) and a Methods and Analytics Core (MACORE). The ACORE provides the basic infrastructure, oversight and evaluation support, the PCORE enables the processes of generation and review of the science and mentorship of investigators, and the MACORE facilitates the “nuts and bolts” of the innovation that are applied to the Center activities to advance the science of self-management within the context of complexity. The MACORE content also providea a more granular level of information in order to demonstrate the Center’s ability to fulfill its overall purpose. The Center’s main office in the UM School of Nursing, within the University of Michigan Health System, is where the Center Administrator, the Center Directors and all the PI’s from all three Cores are housed.

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To acknowledge support from CSCD in presentations, reports and publications use the following text:

“Partial support for this research was provided by the NIH’s National Institute of Nursing Research (Grant P20-NR015331) and the Center for Complexity and Self-Management in Chronic Disease.”