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Supported Self-management

What is "supported" self-management?

Supported self-management is the systematic process of learning and practicing skills which enable individuals to manage their health condition on a day-to-day basis, through practicing and adopting specific behaviours which are central to managing their condition, making informed decisions about care, and engaging in healthy behaviours to reduce the physical and emotional impact of their illness, with or without the collaboration of the health care system.

 

What type of support is most helpful?

Self-management empowers by being person-centric and holistic, and encompasses:

  1. Peer support
  2. Facilitative learning
  3. Goal-setting
  4. Problem solving
  5. Working within a bio-psycho-social framework
  6. Action planning
  7. Collaboration between the individual, the community and health care professionals
  8. Based on the principles of ‘Asset Based Community Development’

 

What do people with long-term conditions want from both mainstream services and other kinds of provision?

From our experience, people with long-term conditions want an integrated, collaborative working approach which provides them the ability to navigate a clear pathway between community, primary and emergency services, that enables access to the right support, at the right time, in the right place, with the right person and the right intervention.

A health and community network of services which provides supportive communication and parity of esteem between mental and physical health, which de-stigmatises and encourages intrinsic motivation, self-efficacy and the development of appropriate social connections that break down the barriers to participation and enables an individual to adopt healthier behaviours.