Annals of Behavioral Medicine

, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 1–7 | Cite as

Self-management education: History, definition, outcomes, and mechanisms



Self-management has become a popular term for behavioral interventions as well as for healthful behaviors. This is especially true for the management of chronic conditions. This article offers a short history of self-management. It presents three self-management tasks—medical management, role management, and emotional management—and six self-management skills—problem solving, decision making, resource utilization, the formation of a patient-provider partnership, action planning, and self-tailoring. In addition, the article presents evidence of the effectiveness of self-management interventions and posits a possible mechanism, self-efficacy, through which these interventions work. In conclusion the article discusses problems and solutions for integrating self-management education into the mainstream health care systems.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Stanford University School of MedicineUSA

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