Self-care describes in a practical, person-centred way what we should all be doing to maintain our health, wellness and wellbeing. Through self-care people can be healthier and remain so into old age, managing minor ailments themselves. We can also better manage, delay or even prevent the appearance of lifestyle diseases such as heart attacks, strokes, diabetes and many cancers.
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Self-care is a win-win opportunity. First and foremost, self-care can be a win for each of us individually. In the coming months, this page will present views of the many interested parties in self-care. This month we present a General Practitioner’s view of self-care R&D priorities.
THE SEVEN PILLARS FRAMEWORK
There are many definitions of self-care – a 2011 study identified 139 different definitions! This is unhelpful and potentially distracting. ISF created and uses a middle-range description of self-care – the “Seven Pillars of Self-Care”.