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GPs are to be encouraged to attend tutorials to learn how to help patients self-manage, as part of a new Government drive.
In pilot schemes in five PCTs, GPs and patients attended voluntary sessions each month.
Dr Peter Smith, president of the National Association of Primary Care and chair of two self-care project, said similar schemes in the US had been successful.
There, self-care has seen areduction in attendances for minor illness of 30 per cent and for Parkinson's of 40 per cent.