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Self-management of Long-term Conditions

Self-management has been described as the cornerstone of the management of long-term conditions.

Self-management of Long-term Conditions
  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    10 hours

Evaluate self-management principles

For people living with long-term conditions, managing day-to-day life is primarily done on their own, with only a few hours a year being spent with healthcare professionals.

The nurse’s role working in partnership with their patients/clients can ensure people understand their condition and develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to maintain good health and prevent unplanned hospital attendance or admission.

The course will explore the principles of self-care, self-management and key communication skills when working with people.

What topics will you cover?

  • How is self-management different to self-care?
  • Shared decision making
  • Models of self-management
  • Self-efficacy
  • Self-management programmes
  • How do nurses support people to self-manage?

Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explore the principles of self-care and self-management and how this can be facilitated
  • Identify the key communication skills required by nurses when working in partnership with people
  • Critically compare approaches to self-care and self-management in a range of countries, exploring the potential benefits and risks

Who is the course for?

Coventry University MSc Nursing students.

Please note that the individuals detailed in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below, are current staff members and may be subject to change.

Who will you learn with?

A senior nurse with over 30 years experience in clinical, managerial and educational roles, with a particular interest in specialist palliative care, long term conditions and communication skills.

I had 30 years experience as a specialist nurse, health visitor & community matron before teaching in higher education. Specialist areas are the management of long term conditions & end of life care.

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured gold in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

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