The Caring Futures Institute will be a thought leader and advocate for the role of prevention over cure. Our research will highlight the individual, social and economic value of investing in modern self-care initiatives tailored to modern living and systems.
Self-care has been defined as “the care taken by individuals towards their own health and well-being — including the care extended to the family and the community”. The definition is broad and encompasses the actions required for people to maintain good physical and mental health, to meet their social and psychological needs and prevent illness or accidents. It extends beyond traditional concepts of self-management, which focus specifically on learning techniques to manage a health condition.
The evidence for self-care interventions in chronic disease is very strong but the implementation of self-care strategies is not a priority funding area.
Self-care has become increasingly important to the health sector as it undergoes its most fundamental restructuring for many years. Health Care budgets are becoming more difficult to manage in light of the increasing health burden caused by long-term conditions, an ageing population and conditions related to lifestyle choices such as smoking. Prevention of disease and increasing efforts to educate and support patients in managing their own health should be prioritised by all healthcare systems.