Long term conditions: three ways to give patients the confidence to self-care
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Long term conditions: three ways to give patients the confidence to self-care

Bob Price Independent health services training consultant, Mytchett, Surrey, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To enhance your knowledge of how to teach self-care to patients with long-term conditions

  • To understand how patients learn and how to determine what their learning priorities are

  • To contribute towards revalidation as part of your 35 hours of CPD (UK readers)

  • To contribute towards your professional development and local registration renewal requirements (non-UK readers)

Community and primary care nursing offer scope for teaching self-care to patients. Patients with long-term conditions can find it helpful to receive carefully targeted teaching designed to support them to manage and live with their condition as well as possible. Providing person-centred care involves equipping patients with the knowledge, skills, confidence and motivation to become partners in their own care. This article explores how community-based nurses can enhance their teaching of self-care to patients, including by understanding how patients learn and determining patients’ learning priorities. The article describes three teaching techniques and suggests a framework for evaluating patients’ progress towards their learning goals.

Primary Health Care. doi: 10.7748/phc.2022.e1778

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Conflict of interest

None declared

Price B (2022) Long term conditions: three ways to give patients the confidence to self-care. Primary Health Care. doi: 10.7748/phc.2022.e1778

Published online: 07 September 2022

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