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One area that can support the effective and cost-effective utilisation of healthcare systems and resources is self-care and patient empowerment. For the purpose of this request self-care is defined as “the actions people take for themselves, their children and their families to prevent and care for minor ailments and long-term conditions and maintain health and well-being after an acute illness or discharge from hospital” (UK Department of Health 2005).
Heartburn (without indigestion)
Lower urinary tract infection
The expert platform shall for the diseases selected:
• produce a guideline on how to promote self-care within the EU
• provide proposals for actions and collaboration at EU level on self-care
• prepare a guideline to help Member States and stakeholders to develop and produce communication tools on self-care
Pilot project on the promotion of self-care systems in the European Union, Platform of experts (September 2014-May 2017)
All Self-Care professionals are welcome to join the Self-Care Initiative Europe Group on LinkedIn.
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