Self management strategies
Patient self management strategies complement a patient centred approach and have been found to be effective in different groups (eg. disadvantaged) and in a range of prevention and chronic diseases including diabetes, asthma, chronic back pain and chronic obstructive airways disease (COAD). Key self management principles include:
- engaging the patient in decision making and management of their illness, including setting appropriate goals
- using evidence based, planned care
- improving patient self management support (eg. enlisting other health professionals and supports, and better linkages with community resources such as seniors centres, self help groups, skills and support programs)
- a team approach to managing care.