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Putting prevention into practice (Green Book)

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.



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