The United Kingdom Expert Patients Programme: Results and implications from a national evaluation

Anne Rogers, Anne Kennedy, Peter Bower, Caroline Gardner, Claire Gately, Victoria Lee, David Reeves, Gerry Richardson, Vivien Lee

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    • The Expert Patients Programme (EPP) is a central element of chronic disease management policy in the United Kingdom. • It aims to deliver self-care support by developing peoples' self-care skills, confidence and motivation to take more effective control over their long-term conditions. • A large, national randomised controlled trial found that the EPP's lay-led skills training was eftective in improving self-efficacy and energy levels among patients with long-term conditions, and was likely to be cost-effective. • Key questions remain as to whether existing outcome measures capture the core outcomes that are important to patients with long-term conditions. • The development and evaluation of self-care support initiatives should take into account the extent to which self-care support initiatives can be integrated into peoples' everyday lives, and the degree of fit with patients' existing adaptations and strategies. • Rather than being concentrated on a single course, central resources for self-management support should be directed at a variety of systems and interventions that are able to meet the wide range of needs of patients with chronic conditions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)S21-S24
    JournalMedical Journal of Australia
    Issue number10
    Publication statusPublished - 17 Nov 2008


    • Adult
    • psychology: Chronic Disease
    • Female
    • Great Britain
    • organization & administration: Health Education
    • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
    • Humans
    • Male
    • Middle Aged
    • methods: Patient Education as Topic
    • Patient Participation
    • organization & administration: Patient-Centered Care
    • Program Evaluation
    • methods: Self Care
    • Self Efficacy


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