ROCKVILLE, Md., March 20, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new report released by the National Council on Patient Informationand Education (NCPIE) highlights the need for advancing self-care in the United States and introduces an agenda to achieve greater awareness of self-care. The report, entitled Empowering Americans to Take Greater Responsibility
Despite surveys indicating increased public support for self-care, and the inclusion of self-care as part of the Institute of Medicine's four pillars of healthcare, the U.S. has yet to embrace self-care as an essential component of the nation's health system due to a multitude of institutional shortcomings including: lack of standard definitions, low health literacy among medically underserved communities, insufficient education and training for healthcare professions, and other impediments.
The NCPIE report is a result of input provided by a panel of experts representing various stakeholder perspectives. Input from the panel enabled NCPIE to formulate the following six national priorities as they pertain to self-care:
On the formulation of this national strategy, NCPIE Executive Vice President Ray Bullman states, "What follows are the findings from this comprehensive review and a blueprint for accelerating progress in self-care strategies to manage minor ailments as well as chronic conditions. We know that strengthening and advancing self-care could help Americans avoid 50 million unnecessary visits to primary care physicians each year, saving over $5 billion per year. Furthermore, if 10 percent of Americans with chronic diseases adopted informed self-care practices, $6.6 billion in avoidable health costs would be saved annually, and greater use of self-care could net the economy up to 30 percent of unnecessary health costs. Now is the time for all stakeholders to join together and make self-care a national priority."
The final report can be viewed here.
Established in 1982, the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit coalition of diverse consumer, government, patient advocacy, health professional and public health organizations working together to improve health and stimulate conversation between healthcare professionals and patients about the safe, appropriate use of medicines. We help consumers make sound decisions about their health and about the prescription and over-the-counter medicines they take. Visit www.BeMedWise.org to learn more.
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