Our surveyed doctors are very strong supporters of self-management of chronic ill health, and most believe this will lead to better health outcomes.

Poll respondents: N=189; 56% GPs, 34% Specialists, 10% DIT and Other)

Patients with chronic diseases are encouraged to self-manage more – problems like asthma, diabetes, arthritis, etc.

Do you think this is important?

  • Yes 93%
  • No 3%
  • Uncertain 4%

Under current circumstances, is more self-management likely to lead to better health outcomes?

  • Yes 57%
  • No 19%
  • 24%

Is this change in emphasis just political ‘code’ for not enough resources to go around?

  • Yes 39%
  • No 37%
  • Uncertain 24%

ED. To summarise, our surveyed doctors are very strong supporters of self-management of chronic ill health, and most believe this will lead to better health outcomes. Interestingly, about half with an opinion on this, suggest the self-management agenda is driven by a growing scarcity of resources for health consumers.

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