What is self-management?

Self-management is defined as the tasks that individuals must undertake to live well with one or more chronic conditions. These tasks include having the confidence to deal with medical management, role management, and emotional management of their conditions.

To effectively self-manage a condition, people need to learn about their condition and the best ways to overcome barriers and obstacles that the condition creates. Therefore some people with knee osteoarthritis can use information from this toolkit, or seek assistance from a health professional (for example your Doctor or physiotherapist) to help them improve their own strategies in managing their condition.

As you will find out if you watched the lived experience video from earlier on in this page – learning how to self-manage a condition is a continuous process.