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Commentary on: de la Vega PB, Coe C, Paasche-Orlow MK et al. ‘It’s like a mirror image of my illness’: exploring patient perceptions about illness using health mind mapping—a qualitative study. J Gen Intern Med. 2018 Jul 10. doi: 10.1007/s11606-018-4557-9.
Implications for practice and research
Practitioners who understand their patients’ explanatory model of illness and daily lived experiences may be better placed to offer effective, personalised support.
Health mind mapping can increase practitioners’ and patients’ understanding of their situation.
Further research using health mind mapping as an aid to self-management and understanding of patient perspectives is warranted.
Increasing numbers of people are living in the community with long-term conditions such as type 2 diabetes; these patients may face many self-management challenges, particularly if …
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
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