Tag Archives: Self-Management

State of the nation: challenges for 2015 and beyond

By Diabetes UK (2015)

This report argues that diabetes healthcare in England is leading to avoidable deaths, record rates of complications and huge costs to the NHS. The findings of this research show that there has been very little overall improvement in diabetes healthcare in the past year, with 40 per cent of people with diabetes still not getting the NICE recommended checks that they need to manage their condition. It calls for CCGs to set themselves performance improvement targets and implement diabetes action plans.

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A rapid synthesis of the evidence on interventions supporting self-management for people with long-term conditions: PRISMS – Practical systematic RevIew of Self-Management Support for long-term conditions

By NHS National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) (2015)

The aim of this research was to undertake a rapid, systematic overview of the evidence on self-management support for long-term conditions to inform health-care commissioners and providers about what works, for whom, and in what contexts.

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Supporting people to manage their health: an introduction to patient activation

By The King’s Fund (2014)

With 60 to 70 per cent of premature deaths caused by detrimental health behaviours, it is vital that people engage more with improving their own health. This paper introduces a way of conceptualising and measuring that engagement known as ‘patient activation’. Patient activation can be used to reduce health inequalities and deliver improved outcomes, better quality care and lower costs. Drawing on US and UK-based evidence, the paper describes the robust patient-reported measure used to gauge patient activation.

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Sustaining and spreading self-management support

By The Health Foundation (2013)

This report contains the independent evaluation of the second phase of our Co-creating Health improvement programme. The evaluation, conducted by Firefly, provides valuable insight into how to sustain changes in clinical practice to more effectively support people with long-term conditions.

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Medicines optimisation: helping patients to make the most of medicines

By Royal Pharmaceutical Society (May 2013)

This guidance calls on all care professionals to provide more help for patients with their medicines to improve outcomes and avoid medicines waste. It provides four guiding principles to help front-line professionals in England support patients to improve their quality of life and outcomes from better use of medicines.

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Data for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma: making a real difference

By NHS Improvment – Lung (2012)

This guide is based on learning from COPD and asthma service improvement projects. It aims to help future sites get started; make progress in improving quality; understand their use of resources; and measure improvement. It covers acute and primary care, home oxygen services, and asthma care.

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Community health workers as drivers of a successful community-based disease management drive

Peretz, PJ. et al. American Journal of Public Health, 2012; 102(8): 1443-1446

In 2005, local leaders in New York City developed the Washington Heights/Inwood Network for Asthma Program to address the burden of asthma in their community. Bilingual community health workers based in community organizations and the local hospital provided culturally appropriate education and support to families who needed help managing asthma. Families participating in the yearlong care coordination program
received comprehensive asthma education, home environmental assessments, trigger reduction strategies, and clinical and social referrals. Since 2006, 472 families have enrolled in the yearlong program. After 12 months, hospitalizations and emergency department visits decreased by more than 50%, and caregiver confidence in controlling the child’s asthma increased to nearly 100%. Key to the program’s success was the commitment and involvement of community partners from program inception to date.

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