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Guideline on the promotion of self care


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Guideline for the development
and production of communication tools
for self care


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Report proposing policy actions
on self care at EU level

Quick overview of this project

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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).

Athlete’s foot
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)

Want to discuss more?

All Self-Care professionals are welcome to join the Self-Care Initiative Europe Group on LinkedIn.