Thursday, 23 February 2012
NHS Choices has an informative, helpful and practical website for patients with long term conditions about self-care - see here. Why has this sort of advice not yet trickled up to doctors and top consultants?! I completely agree that patients have to take some degree of responsibility for their own health, but it requires a lot of initiative and searching to come across these online resources. Many patients may never come across them. If the NHS really believes in self-management, it needs to convince its consultants of its value and get them to spread the message. Self-management should be actively encouraged by all health professionals and not just adopted by patients because they feel let down by the doctors and have lost hope in the medical teams.