How effective are lay-led self-management education programmes for people with chronic health problems?
The programmes did not alter quality of life, number of visits to doctors, or reduce the amount of time spent in hospital. While many of the programmes were similar, they differed in which conditions were studied, which outcomes were measured and effectiveness of the programmes. Follow-up was limited to 6 months or less in most of the studies.
Self-management education programmes led by lay-leaders (rather than health professionals such as doctors or nurses) are becoming a common way to promote self-care for people with chronic conditions.