Patient care can be provided by different methods. In some methods the patient is considered as a passive subject of health care. The patient’s role is to be the best follower of doctor’s orders and has no active role in the circle of care. In an active approach to health care patient is at the center of health care and takes an active role in the circle of care.
There are many steps that patients can take to improve their own health. Everything starts with learning about our conditions and what can be done to help these conditions. Proper nutrition, exercise, proper life style, stress management, sleep hygiene, behavior modification and positive thinking are among a few to name that can help us to improve our conditions much better.
Self management education is built on the foundation of believing ourselves. Self management education is important because it changes our health and life from passive to active. It helps us to gain control over our condition and play a central role in our path to healing.