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Whether it's recognised or not, patients and their carers are 'self-managing' during the many thousands of hours they spend at home caring for themselves each year.
Many people suffer from poor health simply because they don’t have the confidence, knowledge, or skills to self-manage effectively.
Better patient self-management leads to better health outcomes, more appropriate health service usage, and lower costs to the NHS.
Supporting self-management is therefore essential if these aims are to be achieved.