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Promoting self-management in patients with long term conditions

Little data recorded in study to address shortfalls of self-management in long term condition patients.
self-management in patients

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.

Surveyed adults

Of the 3390 older adults who returned both questionnaires, 15% self-reported PAM level 1 (passive

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