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Adult nursing
Health mind mapping has the potential to facilitate patient engagement in self-management of long-term conditions
  1. Jan Pringle
  1. Correspondence to Dr Jan Pringle, Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy, University of Edinburgh Division of Health Sciences, Edinburgh EH8 9AG, UK; jpringl2{at}

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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 …

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  • 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.

  • Patient consent Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.