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Self-care management for adults with physical chronic illness

Promoting and supporting self-care management for adults living in the community with physical chronic illness: the effectiveness and meaningfulness of the patient-practitioner encounter

Sally Rees, Anne Williams

Objectives

The overall objective of the review is to determine the best available evidence regarding the promotion and support of self-care management for adults living in the community with chronic illness during the patient-practitioner encounter. The following questions will guide our investigations:

1. What is the effectiveness of the patient-practitioner encounter in promoting and supporting self-care management of people with chronic illness?

2. What are the individual and organisational factors which help or hinder recognition, promotion and support of chronic disease self-care management strategies?

3. What are the similarities and differences between how ‘effectiveness’ is defined in this context by patients and different practitioners?