Harold DeMonaco and Eric von Hippel say that there is now a body of research to support their assertion. "Such studies found that self-management produced higher quality outcomes at lower costs than conventional models of care," they say.
The authors define self-management as:(1) engaging in activities that protect and promote health
(4) adhering to treatment regimens.
Examples of such self-management tools are those that allow patients with diabetes to calculate the correct dose of insulin and then inject it themselves, and tools that allow people with heart failure or depression to adjust the dosage of their medicines themselves based on their symptoms.
In their essay, the authors consider the advantages and limitations of self-management tools and consider why these tools have not become more widespread in medical practice.
“We propose that the time has come,” they say, “for health systems to support appropriate and appropriately timed shifts from practitioner-based care to patient self-management.”
Citation: DeMonaco HJ, von Hippel E (2007) Reducing medical costs and improving quality via self-management tools. PLoS Med 4(4): e104.
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