Improving self-management for patients with long-term conditions
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Improving self-management for patients with long-term conditions

Nicola J Davies PhD researcher, Cranfield University, Bedfordshire, and self-management evaluation coordinator, Macmillan Cancer Support

An increasing number of people are living with long-term conditions. These conditions cannot be cured, but can be managed through education, health promotion, medication, therapy and self-management. Self-management involves people taking responsibility for their own health and wellbeing, as well as learning to manage any long-term illnesses. Nurses play a pivotal role in providing advice, guidance, education and support to people living with long-term conditions. Self-management is important as it not only benefits the patient, but also provides wider opportunities for community and specialist nurses to use and develop their clinical and interpersonal skills.

Correspondence n.davies.s06@cranfield.ac.uk

Nursing Standard. 24, 25,49-56. doi: 10.7748/ns2010.02.24.25.49.c7562

Published in print: 24 February 2010

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review