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Supporting patients to self-manage chronic disease: clinicians' perspectives and current practices


Phillips, RL and Short, A and Dugdale, P and Nugus, P and Greenfield, D, Supporting patients to self-manage chronic disease: clinicians' perspectives and current practices, Australian Journal of Primary Health, 20, (3) pp. 257-265. ISSN 1836-7399 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1071/PY13002


This study investigated: clinicians’ perspectives of the scope of self-management, which self-management support initiatives are used, and the factors clinicians consider when deciding which initiative to use with individual patients. Three phases of data collection were used. First, clinicians were interviewed about their attitudes toward self-management (n = 14). Second, clinicians and managers completed a survey about the support initiatives they use (n = 38). Third, in interviews clinicians described the applications of initiatives (n = 6). Data were descriptively and thematically analysed. Clinicians believed that supporting self-management involved a holistic approach. However, some also thought that not all patients had the capacity to self-manage. This idea may be at odds with the underlying notion of self-management and impact on the support provided. Clinicians reported using 54 initiatives to support self-management and identified a range of situations when each initiative may or may not be suitable. This suggests that clinicians need to be familiar with a range of support initiatives as one will not suit everyone. Deciding which initiative is most appropriate may be aided by the development of guidelines.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:healthcare, self-management, chronic disease, research
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Evaluation of health and support services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Greenfield, D (Professor David Greenfield)
ID Code:113628
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:College Office - CoBE
Deposited On:2017-01-10
Last Modified:2018-04-26

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