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Maximising self management skills for patients living with long term chronic conditions.

Meredith, Julie 2012. Maximising self management skills for patients living with long term chronic conditions. [Taught Course Thesis]. Bachelor, Cardiff University.
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The management of patients living with long term chronic conditions places increasing demands on health care resources and has become an urgent matter of concern for the British Governments in ensuring the sustainability of its National Health Services (NHS) (DOH2005). Changing patterns in health needs, lifestyles and an expanding ageing population have all been highlighted as contributing factors (WAG 2007). Government responses have lead to extensive research being undertaken in finding solutions to effectively manage chronic conditions. This has resulted in significant changes to legislation, illustrating the need for health care professionals to modify their current practices, to build robust services that are unified in approach, seamless in care delivery and cost effective in management. They also dictate that the crucial key to achieving successful care outcomes lies largely with the abilities of health care professional to engage and equip their patients with the skills they need to take ownership of their condition (DOH 2005). Research evidence has identified several aspects of care that professional need to consider to maximise patients self management skills. Aspects of empowerment, education, resources and viewing patients as partners, is depicted as vital in achieving patient participation. There is no doubt that district nurses are ideally placed to implement these findings to support their patients living with long term chronic conditions. However, lack of professional knowledge, inconsistencies in approach and time constraints have all been shown to have an impact on care outcomes, forming barriers to implementation. This dissertation tackles these issues by critically reviewing the literature pertaining to best practices for the management of chronic conditions. To ascertain what processes are already in place to give a balanced argument to determine if change needs to happen, along with professional and ethical dilemmas’. Examples of existing frameworks, models and interventions programmes have been discussed to conclude if they can be utilised or adapted in to the nursing process to overcome some of the difficulties in achieving evidenced based practice in this area of care.

Item Type: Taught Course Thesis
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
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Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2016 23:11

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