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Self-Management can be defined as:
Supported self-management is the response of health and social care organisations in terms of the services they put in place to enable people to self-manage.
Self-Care and Self-Management are interchangeable definitions, but most often Self-Management is used in the specific context of the management of long-term health conditions, and Self-Care is used in the wider context for the management of general health conditions.
There is no definitive model for the provision of Self-Management support, but there is a growing consensus for it to meet three key objectives. It must:
Know Your Own Health ensure these objectives are met by providing services and solutions through a single point of access, bringing together all the elements needed to successfully integrate self-management support with clinical pathways.
Reference: Self-Care, Advancing the study & understanding of self-care: The need for an integrated approach to supporting patients who should self-manage (J.Phillips: April 2012)
This short 2011 animation introduces the principles of self-management and how it can support people with long-term conditions.