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Benefits of Self-Management of Long-Term Conditions:

Taking Charge of Your Life

SELF-MANAGEMENT is an internationally recognized approach, which refers to “the tasks that an individual must undertake to live well with one or more chronic conditions. It requires the confidence and ability to manage the symptoms, treatment, physical and psychological consequences and lifestyle changes that occur when living with a chronic condition. A person is required to solve problems, make informed decisions about his or her own care, know how to access needed support services and ask for professional expertise and intervention.”
P. McGowan, PhD (2006)

Key Benefits of Self-Management Training

Ø Improvement in lifestyle and behaviours (e.g. relaxation, exercise, nutrition)
Ø Improved life control and social activity
Ø Reduced severity of symptoms (e.g. fatigue, pain)
Ø Improved quality of relationships with health care professionals
Ø Better communication
Ø Improvement in resourcefulness and life satisfaction
Ø Reduction in hospital and out-patient visits

Core Self- Management Skills

Ø Problem-solving
Ø Decision-making
Ø Use of resources
Ø Development of effective partnerships with health-care professionals
Ø Taking action

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References

  1. Lorig K, et al. (1999) Evidence suggesting that a chronic disease self-management program can improve health status while reducing utilization and costs: A randomized trial. Medical Care. 37:5-14.
  2. Lorig KR, et al. (2001) Chronic Disease Self management Program: 2-year Health Status and Health Care Utilization Outcomes. Medical Care, 39(11), 1217-1223.
  3. Lorig KR, et al. (2001) Effect of a Self-Management Program on Patients with Chronic Disease. Effective Clinical Practice, 4(6), 256-262.