The 2016 Self Care Conference took place in London on 26 September.
A report is now available and highlights a number of key messages from the Conference, including:
- People are living longer but in poorer health;
- Unhealthy eating habits and tobacco-use account for 10.8% and 10.7%, respectively, of the nation’s total disease burden;
- People managing their health and engaging in prevention activities could save the NHS £30 billion by 2022-23;
- Health literacy is key to living a long and independent life and health education in schools is crucial;
- The traditional biomedical model of health provision is no longer sustainable;
- Self care is not self management, it is much broader and includes self-treatment of common ailments, lifestyle and prevention;
- The practice of self care has to become an embedded component of the health care system, with a central role in medical training courses, but this will require a change in mindset at the highest level.
You can read the full report on the Self Care Forum website.