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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Patti P Urso, PhD (Walden University)
Description: Using the comments of persons who have been involved in developing and participating in disease self-management courses, this book assesses the value of the courses to the communities for which they were designed as well as their relevance to potential policies and research.
Purpose: The purpose is to present the concept of self-management from a historical perspective, through an experiential one, and ultimately its future implications, using the perspective of multiple key players such as participants and providers. Although a book that explores this concept is needed, the objectives of this book are unclear.
Audience: This book is useful for those who are involved in teaching or developing self-management courses. It is also useful for proponents of the advancement of policies by understanding how these courses were designed and delivered. This book would be recommended for those interested in affecting policy and research directions. However, it would not be useful to participants in self-management courses due to its philosophical content.
Features: It covers a wide variety of experiences expressed by those who are involved in developing courses for self-management, starting with the historical perspective of self-reliance as far back as the 1800s. Many of the chapters center around the experience with courses, the support of agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, and a conclusion of the value of the self- management courses for primary prevention and the effect on participants. A lack of connection between chapters makes it a bit difficult to understand the themes of this book.
Assessment: This is a very unique book that focuses on highlighting the value of lay leadership in issues such as policies affected by the design of self-management courses in the U.K.