Understanding Patient Perspectives of Self-Care in the Management of Chronic Disease

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Jean Burgess
Roberta Clark
Kieth De'Bell


This workshop will provide participants with an understanding of how appreciative inquiry based methods can help us learn from patient experience, develop self-care plans and identify the roles of various support groups within those plans, and develop a framework for chronic disease management which is based on lessons learnt from patient experience.

Understanding patient experience with and perspectives on what supports on-going self care to manage chronic disease is critical to a whole person approach to chronic disease care. While the individual’s experience of chronic disease self-management may vary from individual to individual, our recent work demonstrates that appreciative enquiry is an effective tool for understanding the key support structures for effective management of self-care. This work also points to appreciative inquiry as an effective tool for patients and care-givers in developing approaches to individual self-care plans.

After a brief presentation of our recent findings, workshop participants will have an opportunity to use a modified appreciative inquiry approach to consider aspects of chronic disease care and particularly to discuss those factors that support chronic disease management. Appreciative Inquiry, as a positive form of narrative inquiry will elicit stories that make these supportive factors more concretely visible and comprehensible. Workshop participants will also be provided with a brief overview of thematic analysis as a way of identifying common themes in the appreciative inquiry data and developing a model of self-care support.

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Burgess, J., Clark, R., & De’Bell, K. (2014). Understanding Patient Perspectives of Self-Care in the Management of Chronic Disease. The International Journal of Whole Person Care, 1(1). https://doi.org/10.26443/ijwpc.v1i1.7
Congress 2013