The Seven Pillars of Self-Care

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Useful Resources On Self-Care

The following list of International Self-Care Foundation resources includes useful books, publications, and papers that need development; if you have additional good references, please let us know via Thank you.

Books and Publications

Global Action Plan for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases, 2013-2020. World Health Organization, 2013.

Global Atlas on Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Control. Mendis S, Puska P, Norrving B editors. World Health Organization, Geneva, 2011.

Global status report on noncommunicable diseases, 2010. World Health Organization, 2010.

Lowell S Levin, Alfred H Katz and Erik Holst. Self-Care. Lay Initiatives in Health. Croom Helm, London 1977.

Noncommunicable Diseases Country Profiles, 2011. World Health Organization, 2011.

Preventing Chronic Diseases: A vital investment. World Health Organization, 2005.

Public Attitudes to Self Care Baseline Survey. UK Department of Health, February 2005.

Scaling up action against noncommunicable diseases: How much will it cost? World Health Organization, 2011.

Self-care support: A compendium of practical examples across the whole system of health and social care. UK Department of Health, January 2005.


Chronic diseases: the neglected development goal. The Lancet, October 2005.

Elwood P, Galante J, Pickering J. Healthy lifestyles reduce the incidence of chronic diseases and dementia: evidence from the Caerphilly Cohort Study. PLOS ONE 2013. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0081877.

Soller RW, Mann SG. Gaps in Self-Care: Using a Systems Approach. SelfCare 2014; 5(1) 19-25.

David Webber, Zhenyu Guo, and Stephen Mann. Self-Care in Health: We can define it, but should we also measure it? SelfCare 2013 4(5):101-106.

Weiss BD. Health literacy and patient safety: Help patients understand. Second edition. Chicago, IL. American medical association foundation and American medical association. 2007. Available from: