Self-Management Support

Empower and prepare patients to manage their health and health care
  • Emphasize the patient's central role in managing their health
  • Use effective self-management support strategies that include assessment, goal-setting, action planning, problem-solving and follow-up
  • Organize internal and community resources to provide ongoing self-management support to patients
All patients with chronic illness make decisions and engage in behaviors that affect their health (self-management). Disease control and outcomes depend to a significant degree on the effectiveness of self-management.
Effective self-management support means more than telling patients what to do. It means acknowledging the patients' central role in their care, one that fosters a sense of responsibility for their own health. It includes the use of proven programs that provide basic information, emotional support, and strategies for living with chronic illness. Self-management support can't begin and end with a class. Using a collaborative approach, providers and patients work together to define problems, set priorities, establish goals, create treatment plans and solve problems along the way.9