Chapter 9 is prescriptive. It brings together strands from the foregoing chapters and braids them into four major themes, first seeking to confirm the rationale for self-help and then examining the issues of values, policies and resources. Throughout, it is important to appreciate that self-help, whether integral, facilitated or autonomous, is no substitute for professional services as a whole. The following caution by Stokes has some truth, across the entire field: ‘Neither self-help nor preventive health measures can relieve people of the burden of illness and death. Self-care is merely a way to gain some control over this process and to manage, not overcome, disease’ (Stokes, 1981, p. 108).
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