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Self-management support is an important part of improving primary care services. It aims to help clinicians teach their patients how to take informed responsibility for their own health care.

What is Self-Management Support?

Self-management support is the help given to people with chronic conditions that enables them to manage their conditions day to day.

Using self-management support skills and tools, primary care teams can help people to:

  • Manage their chronic conditions
  • Develop the confidence to make healthy choices

Why is Self-Management Support important?

An increasing number of people have at least one chronic illness that requires day to day management. Outcomes for these patients with complex needs can be improved by helping them become more active in self-care.

In addition, to become recognized as a patient-centered medical home (PCMH), practices may be asked to demonstrate that they make use of self-management support principles and techniques.

How to implement Self-Management Support in your practice

Self-management support can be incorporated into daily practice in a variety of ways. These include:

  • Using all members of the care team
  • Using each medical office visit to identify, encourage, and track patients' behavior change efforts
  • Supporting patients by referring them to community-based programs

Self-Management Support Resource Library

Browse through the Self-Management Support Resource Library for more information on the meaning of self-management support and how it is used.

Name Type Source  
Assessment of Primary Care Resources and Supports for Chronic Disease Self Management - Online Version Tool Robert Wood Johnson Foundation View Summary
Have You Really Addressed Your Patient's Concerns? Article American Academy of Family Physicians View Summary
Interactive Shared Care Plan Tool PeaceHealth View Summary
Motivating Patients to Change Behavior Training American Medical Association View Summary
Sharing the Care: The Role of Family in Chronic Illness Guide California HealthCare Foundation View Summary