The health of the Irish people and its health system are facing a significant challenge from the rising tide of chronic conditions such as arthritis, diabetes and heart disease. Taking arthritis as an example, high-tech biologic treatments have been extremely effective in stopping joint damage in its tracks but – as no cure exists – patients still need to manage their own condition outside of the clinical setting and the impact it has on their lives such as pain, fatigue, social isolation and loss of employment.
This is where the Arthritis Self Management Programme – delivered nationwide by Arthritis Ireland over the last 7 years – makes a big difference. By complementing clinical treatment with education and training in problem solving and action planning, it enables and empowers patients to live happier, healthier lives.
Download the report & watch the video here: http://www.arthritisireland.ie/go/information/self_management/the_case_for_self_management