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Findings from a SPCR funded overview of the effectiveness of self-care strategies in non-communicable diseases in 2011 informed a World Health Organisation guideline on self-care. This guideline has become instrumental in establishing the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford as a WHO Collaborating Centre.

Researchers Professor Carl Heneghan and Dr Alison Ward used the findings to prioritize self-care strategies that are likely to be most effective for healthcare and to better understand the research priorities for self-care.  Non-communicable diseases is a term that has been adopted by organizations such as the World Health Organization to describe four chronic diseases. These are cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic respiratory disease, and diabetes. These four diseases together account for substantial health related problems and health care costs .Yet it is important to remember they are managed substantially by individuals and their families independent of the health care system. Such self-care is not designed to replace the basic components of health care but is important in optimizing the management of non-communicable diseases.  Read the press release on the University of Oxford's Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences website.