Self Management Support

What is Self Management Support?

Self Management Support is the provision of education and supportive interventions to increase the persons's knowledge, skills and confidence in managing their condition.  The patient-health professional relationship changes from the traditional approach to a partnership where the patient is an active participant in their care.

Supports for self management include a range of possible interventions - depending on the needs of the individual patient e.g.

  • education
  • training
  • provision of information or equipment.

Support can be delivered in different formats such as:

  • education and exercise programmes
  • health coaching
  • web-based interventions
  • motivational interviewing
  • telemedicine
  • outreach nursing programmes
  • cardiac rehabilitation
  • pulmonary rehabilitation.

Self Management Supports by Community Healthcare Organisation

The Health and Wellbeing Division of the HSE recently published a survey of self management supports by Community Healthcare Organisation (CHO).

This survey identified the available supports for patients in managing their long term conditions, including COPD, Asthma, Diabetes and Cardiovascular disease. The report and table of the results for each CHO is provided.

While this survey provides a baseline, the results are not a complete list of what is available.
We invite feedback from CHOs, including information on additional supports or services which help patients to manage their conditions.

The tables will be updated on the website with your feedback.

Please send any additional information on self management supports available in your area to

Health Technology Assessment of Chronic Disease Self Management Support Interventions

HIQA published a Health Technology Assessment of Chronic Disease Self Management Support Interventions in December 2015 which is available at