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    Training some patients with chronic illnesses to become ‘expert patients’ can significantly reduce the need for outpatient and general practice consultations and give the patients a much appreciated high degree of self-management.  Patients already, through experience, have highly relevant expertise including knowledge of their body and symptoms, of their lifestyles, and of treatment preferences. This short article uses the example of self-care by diabetic patients to illustrate the scope of potential change and it goes on to describe what expert patients could achieve in a major part of mental healthcare – that of bipolar affective disorder. Diabetic patients typically self-manage […]
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