The Expert Patient and the Self-Management of Chronic Conditions and Disabilities

Michelle A. Meade and Linda A. Cronin

in The Oxford Handbook of Rehabilitation Psychology

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199733989
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 The Expert Patient and the Self-Management of Chronic Conditions and Disabilities

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Expert patient refers to the inherent knowledge that individuals living with disabilities or chronic conditions have about their condition, its impact on their life, and what decisions they feel comfortable making. Self-management refers to the ability of these individuals to manage their health and its physical and psychosocial consequences. However, just because an individual has a chronic condition or disability does not imply that they have expertise in dealing with it, and, in fact, some chronic conditions result from difficulty in performing health management behaviors. This chapter reviews some of the theories, programs, components, and issues that inform or support the development of self-management skills. At the end, the various roles that rehabilitation psychologists may take in supporting the development and application of self-management skills are discussed.

Keywords: Self-management; health behavior; disabilities; chronic health conditions

Article.  12589 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology ; Health Psychology

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