Little known about what people want from self-management

PLoS ONE. 2015. 10(7): e0130990

White female person with diabetes self monitoring blood glucose levels.

Clinical indicators such as blood sugar control are often used to measure the success of self-management programmes but these may not be important outcomes for patients, families, professionals or commissioners. It is important to learn more about which outcomes are important to stakeholders in order to better design self-management support.

Many initiatives aim to support self-management. Reviewers from England examined which outcomes of supported self-management may be most valued by patients, their families, health professionals and those that plan and purchase services.

Nine bibliographic databases were searched and 41 studies were included focused on people with colorectal cancer, diabetes and stroke.

Most studies focused on people with diabetes. Few studies directly assessed people’s views about desired self-management outcomes. Almost no studies examined the views of healthcare commissioners. The outcomes measured ranged widely and included knowledge, skills, clinical indicators and social networks.

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via Little known about what people want from self-management | The Health Foundation.

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