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General practice nurses report minimal support as one obstacle to implementing self-management strategies for long-term conditions
  1. Susan Procter1,
  2. Lauren Griffiths2
  1. 1Faculty Society & Health, Buckinghamshire New University, Uxbridge, UK
  2. 2School of Advanced Practice, Buckinghamshire New University, Uxbridge, UK
  1. Correspondence to: Professor Susan Procter, Faculty Society & Health, Buckinghamshire New University, 106 Oxford Road, Uxbridge UB8 1NA, UK; susan.procter{at}

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  • Self-management support for patients with long-term conditions is not seen as a priority within the current structures and procedures of primary care nursing.

  • The few nurses who implement aspects of self-management support have been confident enough to disrupt the prevailing system and spend time on hidden work. However, they could only initiate conversations and were not able to sustain interactions sufficiently to support lifestyle change.

  • Supporting patients with lifestyle changes necessary to self-manage long-term conditions requires changes in primary …

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