Patient Self-Management

A special issue of Pharmacy (ISSN 2226-4787).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2020) | Viewed by 259

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Lorraine Smith
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Guest Editor
School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Interests: patient self-management; goal setting; patient experiences
Prof. Dr. Bandana Saini
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Guest Editor
1. Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, 431 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, NSW 2031, Australia
2. School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney, A15, Science Rd, Camperdown, NSW 2006, Australia
Interests: pharmacy health care services; patient preferences, patient experience and clinical respiratory and sleep health

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The prevalence of long-term conditions is increasing worldwide, accounts for most of healthcare expenditure, and has a detrimental impact on patient quality of life. The World Health Organization recognizes the significant role that patient experiences and patient self-management play in high quality healthcare, particularly for the management of long-term conditions. Current models of healthcare delivery do not meet the needs of a changing population where long-term conditions are on the rise.

Pharmacists are playing an increasingly important role in primary care and are at the forefront of delivering patient-centred interventions that promote and facilitate patient self-management. Specialist services directed towards the care of patients living with asthma, diabetes and arthritis are just a few examples. However, achieving evidence-based outcomes that enable patients to develop life-long strategies to manage symptoms, adhere to medications and communicate regularly with their health providers is often a challenge. Previous research has shown that whilst improvements in health outcomes are achievable, these are often not sustained, or have a very small impact. Increasingly, multi-disciplinary approaches involving a range of health providers are being explored.

We invite you to share both your successful and unsuccessful approaches in developing, implementing and evaluating patient self-management programs, of any variety, either in primary or tertiary care settings. We hope this Special Issue will inspire all health professionals to share their research and practices, adopt new approaches and innovate to make improvements to the health of our patients living with long-term conditions.

Prof. Lorraine Smith
Assoc. Prof. Bandana Saini
Guest Editors

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  • Patient self-management
  • Long-term conditions
  • Chronic disease
  • Patient-centred care

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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