There is a growing call to integrate self-management support into health policies on chronic diseases. Self-management support (as proposed by the US Institute of Medicine) helps individuals “with medical management, role management and emotional management of their conditions”. Although the large burden of disease from hypertension makes any potential benefit from self-management support particularly important, it is unclear which interventions are effective for this asymptomatic disease. To inform policy and service provision, we undertook a mixed methods meta-review of quantitative and qualitative systematic reviews of self-management support interventions for hypertension.
This abstract is from the Public Health Science conference, held 19 November, 2014, Glasgow, Scotland. http://www.thelancet.com/conferences/public-health-science-2014 . The full text is available from the link given.