Reducing emergency admissions: unlocking the potential of people to better manage their long-term conditions

The Health Foundation, August 2018

Health Foundation summary of research that explores the link between how well patients feel able to manage their long-term conditions such as asthma, diabetes and depression and their use of health care.  The findings show the NHS could reduce avoidable health care use and improve people’s quality of life, if they were better supported to manage their long-term conditions.

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Helping people look after themselves: a guide on self-care

Local Government Association, November 2016

This report calls for a new culture of care to reduce the pressures on doctors and hospitals. It highlights the role that GPs can play in educating the public on self-care and how they can treat themselves without visting the doctor or managing long-term conditions by taking preventative measures to stay fit.

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A practical guide to self-management support: key components for successful implementation

The Health Foundation, December 2015

This guide provides an overview of self-management support and the key components for effective implementation. It is aimed at those starting their self-management support journey and those building on and improving the support that they already provide. The guide explains what self-management support is and why it is important. It then looks at various aspects of putting it into practice, including planning and commissioning, building knowledge, skills and confidence, and measurement and evaluation. It also contains suggestions for further reading and case studies of self-management support in practice.

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A rapid synthesis of the evidence on interventions supporting self-management for people with long-term conditions: PRISMS – practical systematic review of self-management support for long-term conditions

National Institute for Health Research, December 2014

Everyone who has a long-term condition (LTC), such as arthritis or asthma, has to deal with (or ‘self-manage’) their condition, sometimes with the help of a spouse, friends or a carer. In addition to physical symptoms, LTCs often have social and emotional effects on people.  The NIHR were commissioned to look at what can be done to support self-management across a wide range of LTCs and to make suggestions to those providing health services. This was done by systematically summarising the research that has been done in the area.

The report concludes that supporting good self-management is inseparable from the high-quality care all people with LTCs should receive. Supporting self-management is not a substitute for care from doctors and nurses but a hallmark of good care. Providers of services for people with LTCs should consider how they can actively support self-management.

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