Promoting self-management in patients with long term conditions
Promoting self-management in long term conditions (LTC) is an important part of healthcare. Patient Activation is defined as patients’ understanding, skills and confidence in managing their own health.
Higher levels of patient activation are associated with better self-management.
Self-managing a long term condition is focus of new study. Picture: Getty
However there is little data on its extent in primary care patients with LTC. This study addressed this gap through a prospective cohort postal questionnaire study of general practice patients aged over 65 with at least one LTC in Salford.
The questionnaire had a patient activation measure (PAM) as well as measures of health related quality of life, health literacy, social support and depression. Change was measured by a repeat questionnaire at six months.
Of the 3390 older adults who returned both questionnaires, 15% self-reported PAM level 1 (passive...
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