Self-care of young people with long-term physical and mental health conditions
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Self-care of young people with long-term physical and mental health conditions

Susan Kirk Professor of family and child health, University of Manchester
Steven Pryjmachuk Professor of mental health nursing education, University of Manchester

This article examines the evidence about ‘what works’ in supporting self-care in relation to children or young people with physical and mental health conditions. It is based on two systematic reviews and on research evaluating different self-care support programmes that have been developed in the UK. The authors identify four components for an effective and acceptable self-care programme that nurses can include when developing and providing such support for children and young people with long-term physical and mental health conditions. These are: providing a sense of community, developing knowledge and skills, building independence and confidence, engaging children and young people. The authors highlight the increasingly important role that children’s and mental health nurses can play in supporting young people’s self-care.

Nursing Children and Young People. 28, 7, 20-28. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2016.e761

Correspondence

sue.kirk@manchester.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to open peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Conflict of interest

The projects were funded by the National Institute for Health Service and Delivery Research programme. The views and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the institute’s programme or the Department of Health

Received: 05 February 2016

Accepted: 15 April 2016