ISF Partners: Professor Barbara Riegel (University of Pennsylvania, USA) and Professor Tiny Jaarsma (Linköping University, Sweden)

Programme: The “International Center for Self-Care Research” (ICSCR) has been established, based in Rome and funded by the Australian Catholic University. The vision of this Center is a world where self-care is prioritized by individuals, families, and communities and is the first line of approach in every health care encounter. The mission of the Center is to lead the self-care research endeavor, improving conceptual clarity and promoting interdisciplinary work informed by a shared vision. The focus of the new centre is self-care for people with a condition, such as heart failure, stroke or diabetes. ISF participated in the establishment and launch conference, addressing the subjects of self-care policy, barriers and facilitators.

The research agenda has been discussed and a first publication entitled “Self-care research: Where are we now? Where are we going?” has been accepted for publication.

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Previous work resulted in the production of an updated ‘State of the Science’ report for the American Heart Association (AHA) on self-care for the prevention and management of cardiovascular disease. ISF (David Webber) was co-author with ten university departments on this report. ISF’s contributions include the use of technologies in self-care and environment/community-level interventions.

The paper was published in September 2017 and the full citation is as follows:

Riegel B, Moser DK, Buck HG, Dickson VV, Dunbar SB, Lee CS, Lennie TA, Lindenfeld J, Mitchell JE, Treat-Jacobson DJ, Webber DE; on behalf of the American Heart Association Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing; Council on Peripheral Vascular Disease; and Council on Quality of Care and Outcomes Research.

Self-care for the prevention and management of cardiovascular disease and stroke: a scientific statement for healthcare professionals from the American Heart Association.

J Am Heart Assoc. 2017;6:e006997. DOI: 10.1161/JAHA.117. 006997.

The paper may be viewed here:

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