Supporting self-management in patient with chronic illness

Department of Family and Geriatric Medicine, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, Kentucky, USA.
American family physician (Impact Factor: 2.18). 11/2005; 72(8):1503-10.
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Support of patient self-management is a key component of effective chronic illness care and improved patient outcomes. Self-management support goes beyond traditional knowledge-based patient education to include processes that develop patient problem-solving skills, improve self-efficacy, and support application of knowledge in real-life situations that matter to patients. This approach also encompasses system-focused changes in the primary care environment. Family physicians can support patient self-management by structuring patient-physician interactions to identify problems from the patient perspective, making office environment changes that remove self-management barriers, and providing education individually and through available community self-management resources. The emerging evidence supports the implementation of practice strategies that are conducive to patient self-management and improved patient outcomes among chronically ill patients.

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    • "However, we have less confidence and scant evidence that ''a broad spectrum'' of patients is actually informed, engaged, and empowered to participate as partners. ''Despite this encouraging evidence, self-management is the least implemented and most challenging area of chronic disease management''[3]. Why is there such a gap between the seemingly consensual common sense of the value of patient engagement and patient participation in the real world? "

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    • "Central to the effective delivery of care is the support of individuals' self-management abilities (Wagner et al. 1996, Bodenheimer et al. 2002, Wagner 2011). For people with chronic illness or disability , self-management support must extend beyond the traditional focus on acute care to include the fostering of problem-solving skills, self-efficacy, and methods of approaching and coping with life situations that are important to individuals (Coleman & Newton 2005). This form of care is holistic, with a focus on the person rather than the disease (Mead & Bower 2000), including the strengthening of a person's ability to maintain overall quality of life and well-being (Cramm & Nieboer 2012, Nieboer 2013). "
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    • "Healthcare providers are therefore increasingly expected to help patients understand their own central role in managing their illness, make informed choices and engage in healthy behaviour [5] [11]. "
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