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Self care

Practical Commissioning's Jargon Buster explains the meaning of the term 'Self care'.

You cannot have failed to notice in recent years the messages on your television that say enjoy alcohol sensibly, stop smoking and exercise more.

Self care refers to the actions that individuals take to promote their own health and wellbeing through their individual lifestyle choices. The patient takes on responsibility for their own well being.

Self care has the potential to make the biggest financial savings for the NHS. As the saying goes – prevention is better than cure.