Mary Chimato of medlibrarian.net posted today about a new handout from the American College of Emergency Physicians to aid patients in making decisions regarding how to decide when a symptom etc is severe or serious enough to warrant a trip to the emergency room.
The American Academy of Family Physicians also has a self-care decision making tool on their familydoctor.org site, with simple decision trees organized by key presenting symptom.
The medical literature includes an increasing volume of discussion about how to improve individuals' health and utilization of health care resources through self-care or self-management strategies (a few key Medical Subject Headings below), covering a wide variety of disease-focused and wellness- focused strategies and representing all age groups.
- Bodenheimer T. Planned visits to help patients self-manage chronic conditions. Am Fam Physician. 2005 Oct 15;72(8):1454, 1456.
- Sarkar U, Fisher L, Schillinger D. Is self-efficacy associated with diabetes self-management across race/ethnicity and health literacy? Diabetes Care. 2006 Apr;29(4):823-9.
- Sherman KJ, Cherkin DC, Erro J, Miglioretti DL, Deyo RA. Comparing yoga, exercise, and a self-care book for chronic low back pain: a randomized, controlled trial. Ann Intern Med. 2005 Dec 20;143(12):849-56.
- Herxheimer A. Helping patients take responsibility for their own health. Ann Intern Med. 2001 Jul 3;135(1):51-2.
MeSH terms: consumer participation, self care, patient participation