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Welfare reform on the Web (May 2007): Services for the disabled - Overseas

Extinguishing the social?: state sponsored self-care policy and the Chronic Disease Self-Management Programme

E. Kendall and A. Rogers

Disability and Society, vol. 22, 2007, p. 129-143

In the UK and Australia self-management has been introduced into the health system as a state sponsored national initiative. The Chronic Disease Self-Management Programme is a psycho-educational intervention designed to increase the capacity of people with chronic illnesses to self-manage them. It forms an integral part of the Expert Patient Programme in the UK and the Sharing Health Care Programme in Australia and has been introduced against a backdrop of pre-existing models of self-help and personal and collective responses to living with a chronic illness. This paper critically appraises the principles and use of CDSMP as a national self-care policy initiative.

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