Self-care is what people do to care for themselves, their children, other family members and their communities. In relation to health and health care, it is all that people do to maintain health, prevent illness, seek treatment, manage symptoms, treatments and side effects, accomplish recovery and rehabilitation and manage the impact of chronic illness and disability.
Our aim is to support self-care and self-management in a variety of settings using person-centred approaches to health and social care. Our robust research aims to engender understanding about the optimum support strategies for self-care and self-management which can manifest at a range of levels including policy, person-focussed interventions and person-provider interaction
The findings from our research are fed into practice networks and clinical settings. They offer recommendations for improving practice in health and social care organisations within the NHS, social services and charities.