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Self care the recipe for success in disease management programmes


S elf-health management programmes have been introduced as a method for containing today’s accelerating healthcare costs. Self-care programmes in the workplace have been shown to reduce high-risk behaviours and healthcare costs not only for employees but also for their families. ‘There are tonnes of data to support the cost effectiveness of self-health management programmes’, said Dr Don Powell, president of the American Institute for Preventive Medicine at the Disease Management Congress [ New York, US; June 1997 ]. He believes that the key to successful self-health programmes is to teach the consumer to make better healthcare decisions. The Personal Health Improvement Program developed at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and offered by Procter & Gamble has proven to be cost effective for patients with somatoform disorders. The outcomes associated with this self-health programme were presented at the meeting.

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Todd, C. Self care the recipe for success in disease management programmes. Pharmacoecon. Outcomes News 128, 3–5 (1997).

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  • Healthcare Cost
  • Behavioural Medicine
  • Disease Management Programme
  • Excessive Alcohol Intake
  • Health Risk Appraisal