The following health professional resources support the learning and integration of self management skills. These resources have appeared in our Coaching Support for Health Professionals newsletter or in the new Change Exchange newsletter.
Harvard Health Minute
The Harvard Health Publishing website features informative free videos that include interviews with experts, seminars on topics and online exercise videos. They are short and informative so have a look!
Nov 02, 2018
Asking Patients “What Matters to You?” Should Be An Always Event
The Institute for Healthcare Improvement website includes information on Always Events which are aspects of the patient experience that are so important to patients. In healthcare, we must aim to perform them consistently for every individual, every
Oct 25, 2018
Doctors Told To Ditch Latin And Use “Plain English”
This humorous, yet effective video and article by the BBC, focuses on the importance of clear communication with people and how small changes can have big impacts.
Oct 25, 2018
My Anxiety Plan (MAP)
MAP is a free online anxiety management toolkit and step-by-step guide for adults. It includes an orientation video on how to develop the personalized anxiety plan by using Anxiety BC’s templates, tools, and worksheets. Great tool for patients!
Aug 08, 2018
Herbal List App
This App provides research- based summaries on the safety, effectiveness and interactions of more than 50 herbal products. It also includes information on common names and history of the herb. Download today and check it out!
Aug 08, 2018
Living Well With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
This free, online self management program was created for those affected by the disease and by medical experts in collaboration with patients. People learn how to take charge of their COPD on a day to day basis. Share with patients and help them achi
Aug 08, 2018
Take 2 Minutes For Type 2 Diabetes
The Canadian Diabetes Association estimates that more than 5.7 million Canadians have prediabetes. Encourage your patients, friends and family to take 2 minutes to complete the CANRISK questionnaire at
Jun 25, 2018
Patient Online Chronic Disease Self Management Program
The online Chronic Disease Self Management program is a FREE, highly interactive, six-week online workshop designed to help people with chronic health conditions overcome daily challenges and take control of their health.
Jun 25, 2018
At you’ll find information on nutrition, food and healthy eating as well as recipes, videos and interactive healthy eating tools.
Jun 25, 2018
“Thinkfull” App
International Self Care Day is July 24. It is on July 24 (24/7) as a reminder that the benefits of self-care are lifelong, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This free app developed by CMHA BC helps us to manage stress, so we can enrich our life.Try it!
May 09, 2018
Everyday Words For Public Health Communication
This Centre for Disease Control site provides a list of frequently used terms in health care materials and common everyday alternatives and examples. Remember to check the context before substituting.
May 09, 2018
This site offers free online courses, whether you want to enhance patient care or improve your own well being. Lots of courses to choose from so have a look!
May 09, 2018
Plain Language Medical Dictionary
This website, hosted by the University of Michigan, is a great resource for health professionals. Just type in a word and it will provide you with a simplified clear language option that you can use when communicating with patients.
May 09, 2018
Mental Health Awareness Week May 7-13
The most difficult part of intervening or helping someone is knowing what to say, so why not learn how to support people in your community. Find a location close to you and take the Mental Health First Aid course.
Mar 26, 2018
Active 10
Spring has sprung and this is a great time for people to get active. Check out this site and learn about a free app that people can use to increase their walking. Small steps lead to big rewards!
Mar 26, 2018
Brief Negotiation Roadmap
This free online program for health care providers assists with guiding the conversation about health behavior change using the roadmap.
Mar 26, 2018
<30 Days To A Healthier Heart
February is Heart Month and this free app (for android and iPhone) provides information and support to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. Give it a try!
Jan 17, 2018
Positive Coping With Health Conditions
Valuable online workbook and resource that people can work through at their own pace and learn how to better manage their health.
Nov 17, 2017
5 Questions To Ask About Your Medication
The Institute for Safe Medication Practices has some practical information to share with patients and a useful infographic that is available in different languages.
Nov 17, 2017
Step Ahead To Fall Prevention - FREE And Online!
This interactive training is based on fall prevention research and best practices. It provides information about age-related changes that contribute to falls and modifiable risk factors associated with falling. Complete it at your own pace!
Sep 12, 2017
Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit - 2nd Ed
October is Health Literacy awareness month and this evidence-based resource provides health care professionals and organizations with tips, tools and skills that will help them support their patients.
Sep 12, 2017
Canadian Men Aren’t As Healthy As They Could Be
The goal of the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation is to empower men to take better care of themselves. Studies show, men aren’t that healthy in our country and a lot has to do with lifestyle. The site includes a great resource, “You Check for Men".
Jul 20, 2017
Million Hearts Campaign
This campaign to improve cardiovascular health provides some great tools for health professionals and their practice and for patients. Take a look and see how you can help enhance treatment and prevention efforts.
Jul 20, 2017
Heart And Stroke Risk Assessment
June is Stroke Awareness month and the Heart and Stroke Foundation has a quick and easy self-assessment on their site that patients can complete in just minutes and receive a free, personalized health report.
Apr 17, 2017
Ask Your Patients....What Is Your Carrot?
The “Carrot Rewards” app aims to push Canadians to eat better, exercise more and live healthier by rewarding them with various types of points. We are the first country to create a national app to reward citizens for living healthier.
Apr 17, 2017
Evaluating Internet Health Information
This tutorial is great for health professionals and patients alike as it can be difficult at times to determine where to look for health information and whether it is reliable. Take a look and share!
Feb 14, 2017
Half Your Plate With…..
March is nutrition month so why not review and share this website with patients? You will see how easy it is to incorporate fruits and veggies into every meal!
Feb 14, 2017
Depression: Let’s Talk
April 7th is World Health day and the theme this year is depression. The “Depression: Let’s Talk” campaign website has some valuable information that is easy to understand and resources are available in different languages.
Feb 14, 2017
Heart Health Video Library
The University of Ottawa Heart Institute has a variety of videos that are informative and provide simple explanations about important cardiovascular risk factors. February is Heart Health month so why not share this with patients!
Dec 13, 2016
Fall Prevention Month Toolkit
November is Fall Prevention Month and this toolkit provides information and resources for both health professionals and the public in order to support them in keeping people safe and free from injury. Have a look!
Oct 21, 2016
Dementia Information And Supports
Baycrest’s webpage offers a selection of the best available senior-friendly web resources on dementia and was designed for both individuals experiencing symptoms of the disorder and their caregivers. The websites included on the page were evaluated t
Oct 21, 2016
Professional Stroke Education Inventory
The Ontario Stroke Network’s (OSN) Professional Stroke Education Inventory is a repository of tools, resources and programs that support health care professionals working with individuals and families that have experienced a stroke.
Sep 12, 2016
Assess And Restore
This site allows healthcare professionals and caregivers to quickly identify services that may be helpful in maintaining independence in community-dwelling older adults, based on their Assessment Urgency Algorithm (AUA) score.
Aug 09, 2016
Free Guided Meditations
Mindfulness has been used to improve blood pressure, boost the immune system and help with anxiety and depression. This site offers free guided meditations for use in the comfort of one’s own home. Share with patients or try them yourself!
Jun 27, 2016
International Self-Care Day
The date of July 24 is International Self Care Day. The International Self-Care Foundation has developed the “Seven Pillars of Self-Care”. Take a look at this website to learn more and promote the importance of self-care with your patients.
Jun 27, 2016
Get Standing Canada!
Did you know if you sit eight hours per day, your risk of developing heart disease, cancer and diabetes rises by 40 percent? Check out The Get Canada Standing ™ website and their Sitting Calculator to determine your risk level.
May 02, 2016
Safe Medication Use
Preventing harm from medication incidents is an important task for everyone. The safe medication use website houses information on what questions to ask as well as materials to share with others.
Apr 07, 2016
"It's My Life!": Stop Cancer Before It Starts.
The Canadian Cancer Society’s, “It’s My Life!”, is an interactive, evidence-based tool that teaches you how 10 lifestyle factors can affect your risk of getting cancer and what you can do to prevent it. Share it with patients, family and friends.
Mar 23, 2016
Functional Measures For Assessing And Managing People With Chronic Pain
This webinar by the Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability will describe outcome assessment tools that can be applied in busy practice settings and can be used to direct the holistic care that chronic pain patients need.
Feb 10, 2016
Seeing Beyond Vision Loss
If you know of a patient or someone who is living with a loss of vision, there are lots of simple techniques that can help make life easier. Browse CNIB’s video playlists for step-by-step instructions on how to do everyday tasks with confidence.
Feb 01, 2016
Staying Alive…American Heart Association
Here are some great and fun videos to share with patients, family members and friends. Help others “stay alive”!
Dec 22, 2015
Monday Campaigns…The Day All Health Breaks Loose!
A New Year brings the opportunity to start fresh. Check out this website, sign up for their newsletter and join others every Monday by committing to the healthy behaviours that can help end chronic preventable diseases!
Dec 08, 2015
Improving Primary Care: A Guide To Better Care Through Teamwork
This guide presents practical advice, case studies, and tools from 31 practices across the U.S., that have markedly improved care, efficiency, and job satisfaction by transforming to a team-based approach.
Dec 08, 2015
Transitioning To A More Empathetic Healthcare System
Using health literacy strategies such as teach-back and plain language can create a health care culture of empathy, translating directly into improved patient loyalty and quality outcomes.
Oct 16, 2015
Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research
Canada's Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) is about ensuring that the right patient receives the right intervention at the right time. SPOR is a national coalition of federal, provincial and territorial partners. Take a look!
Jun 22, 2015
Diabetes and Technology: Let's Keep Humanity at the Bedside
Emerging and upcoming technologies can assist people living with diabetes, however even the best of technologies will not replace the need for, and the value of, a mentoring and therapeutic healthcare provider-patient relationship.
May 24, 2015
Self-Management Support - Does it really work?
Did you ever want to know how Stanford University, the leader in the Living a Healthy Life workshops, is measuring up for their patients? This article from Innovative Polices for Healthy Aging takes a look!
Apr 23, 2015
Public Health Agency of Canada
Physical activity tips for older adults (65 years and older).
Dec 22, 2014
My Health Alberta
Health Video Library from My Health Alberta – offers an a-z list of videos on various health topics such as Allergies, Healthy living, Heart Health and so much more.
Dec 22, 2014
Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging
Housed in the city of London the Canadian Centre for activity and Aging supports active aging right across the Country. On-Going research and program development improves physical ability and healthy aging for older adults.
Dec 22, 2014
Stroke Resources
There are many services available to help people who have survived a stroke, their family members and their caregivers. This site identifies areas where patients may be having difficulty or need help following a stroke.
Dec 22, 2014
It's My Life - Interactive Site on Cancer Prevention
This Canadian Cancer Society interactive site provides individuals with tailored cancer-prevention information and tips. Despite the fact that about half of all cancers can be prevented, most Canadians cannot identify the modifiable risk factors.
Dec 22, 2014
Canada’s Food Guide
Great resources and tips to support eating well with lifelong conditions. There are also resources available for aboriginal people.
Dec 22, 2014
Healthy Active Living Interactive Survey
The Conference Board of Canada and ParticipACTION released a report outlining the benefits of a more active Canadian population. Find out where your physical activity and sedentary behaviours rate. Take this survey or use it with your patients.
Dec 04, 2014
Clear Communication Index User Guide
From the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, a research-based tool for health care providers that identifies the most important communication characteristics that enhance clarity and aid in understanding of messages.
Nov 20, 2014
Patients and Families in the Center of Healthcare
Patient and family engagement is a growing topic in healthcare as we look for ways to improve population health, provide better experiences of care, and lower healthcare costs.The roadmap is a call to action for anyone interested in advancing work re
Nov 07, 2014
Patients and Families in the Center of Healthcare
Patient and family engagement is a growing topic in healthcare as we look for ways to improve population health, provide better experiences of care, and lower healthcare costs. Download this great resource.
Oct 27, 2014
Primary Care Resources and Supports
Great online tools and resources to use with your teams to assess and build capacity for self management support and monitor progress toward improvement.
Oct 01, 2014
Dr Kate Granger - Creator of "Hellomynameis" Campaign
My legacy will be a celebration of care' Dr Kate Granger, a hospital registrar with an incurable cancer and months to live. Read about her amazing story.
Aug 19, 2014
Late-life depression
From Baycrest innovations on aging this website offers great information and resources in understanding the unique needs of seniors who experience late-life depression.
May 09, 2014
Experience-based Design Toolkit
This toolkit outlines a powerful and proven way of improving patients' experience of services, and helps you to understand how it can help you meet your goals.
Nov 20, 2013
Asking for Permission from
Asking for Permission from – before providing new information ask if the other person is ready to hear it what you have to say. It’s key to respecting autonomy.
Sep 20, 2013
OARS (Open ended questions, Affirming, Reflective listening and Summarizing) from
These are the core skills of communication and key to building a relationship with your clients/patients.
Sep 20, 2013
Change Talk from
What does change talk sound like…Listen carefully
Sep 20, 2013
Health Council of Canada
Self-management support for Canadians with chronic health conditions: A focus for primary health care. Features articles, reports and research on building self-management into health care practices .
Sep 20, 2013
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Patient and Clinician Videos from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality – Simple questions can help you take better care of yourself, feel better and get the right care at the right care at right time This link has multiple videos.
Sep 20, 2013
Instructional videos from
Sep 20, 2013