Patient Activation and Self-Management
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'The care that you give to yourself': qualitative study exploring patients' perceptions of self-care
Introduction: Self-care incorporates a range of activities undertaken by patients including health protection and maintenance, treatment of minor ailments and the self-management of chronic conditions. The present study aimed to explore patients' perceptions of self-care, including factors which might promote, or hinder, patients' engagement with self-care strategies.
Keywords: self-care; self-management; qualitative study; chronic illness
Dr Raj Sharma - Lead for Psychological Therapies - Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine
Dr Nicola Brough - Research Fellow - University of Warwick
Dr Anne Majumdar - Senior Lecturer - St Mary’s University Twickenham