Supported self-management is a process that uses tools such as the Patient Activation Measure (PAM) to proactively identify the knowledge, skills and confidence people have to manage their own health and care and to support them to grow their expertise and confidence to be more independent. It is particularly helpful for people with long-term conditions.
Health and care professionals use these tools to explore people’s individual needs and preferences, enabling them to offer support based on what matters to the individual. They also take into account inequalities and accessibility barriers that may affect the outcome for the patient. Health coaching, peer support and self-management education are systematically put in place to help build knowledge, skills and confidence. Using tools such as the Patient Activation Measure (PAM) means that the impact of any intervention can be measured within six months, so track how effective the support has been in equipping the individual to self manage their condition.
Learn about supported self-management here.