Self Care Vital to Healthy Ageing – 2021

The World Economic Forum, says human lifespan really does have a limit though self care is vital to healthy ageing.  Research which looked at the “invariant rate of ageing” found that humans have a built in tendency to age. 

Though life expectancy has risen since the mid-1800s due to healthier, safer societies we will not live forever because ageing is built into our genes.  Scientists believe the “absolute limit” is 150 years but, one thing is clear, however long we live, self care is vital to healthy ageing.  So, stick to a healthy diet, keep active, drink only in moderation, don’t smoke and you could live to be 150.

Limit TV Watching to 2 hours says researchers – 2020

According to a study by scientists at Glasgow University restricting TV watching time for adults could increase longevity. Analysis of information from 500,000 Britons aged from 37 to 73 over seven years showed that 6 per cent of all-deaths and 8 per cent of cardiovascular related deaths could be associated with too much TV watching. The study findings pointed to too much time spent watching TV resulting in less exercise and poor diet.

Food Supplements can help brain development – 2020

Research published in The BMJ recently found that giving nutritional supplements to young children in low income countries for around 6 months could improve their brain health.

Dr. Me. “significantly improves” schoolchildren’s self care knowledge – 2020

A study of more than 200 schoolchildren showed that Dr. Me. – a self care presentation designed by GP Dr Chee Yeen to empower schoolchildren – was shown to significantly improve their understanding of how to self care minor conditions.

The children attended workshops covering vomiting and diarrhoea; sore throat and fever; and minor head injuries. In the study, six case scenarios were asked at the beginning and end of the session, and children decided whether to stay home, visit the GP or attend A&E.

Living longer but not necessarily healthier: The joint progress of health and mortality in the working-age population of England – 2020

According to research in Population Studies – A journal of demography, we are living longer but not necessarily in good health.

The study which looked at generational health, suggests that younger generations can no longer expect to lead healthier lives than their ancestors. People in England in their forties and fifties are, on average, in significantly worse physical shape than those now in their sixties and seventies were at the same age.

Reducing antibiotic prescribing for self-limiting respiratory tract infections in primary care – A pilot study by Dr Pete Smith et al 2015

Churchill Medical Centre, a primary care centre in Surrey, implemented a practice-wide programme aimed at patients and clinicians to reduce ineffective antibiotic prescriptions for common respiratory tract infections.

The evidence for investing in high quality health information for patients and the public – 2013

The Patient Information Forum (PiF) commissioned research to identify the benefits of investing in health information. The project found that there are good reasons to justify the investment in health information provision and support. These include positive impacts on service use and costs, substantial capacity savings, and significant returns on investment by increasing shared decision-making, self-care and the self-management of long-term conditions.

Primary Care: Today and Tomorrow – Improving general practice by working differently –2012

According to this report, general practices need to develop ways of working with patients to help them improve their health rather than simply treating their “episodic illness”.  Improved information and communications in practices is needed, developing shared decision-making and self care strategies to help educate patients into taking care of their own health.

Helping People Help Themselves – 2011

The Health Foundation has produced this literature review to respond to the questions and challenges of clinicians wanting to appraise the benefits of self-management support.

This review of more than 550 pieces of high quality research suggests that it is worthwhile to support self-management, in particular through focusing on behaviour change and supporting self-efficacy.

Making the Case for the Self Care of Minor Ailments – 2009

Research looking at ways to drive self care in the population and reasons why people choose to seek help for their minor ailments. 


How to Drive Growth in Self Care – 2008

The Nielsen Company partnered with the Association of the European Self-medication Industry (AESGP) in this global research project. The objective was to better understand consumer attitudes towards key aspects of self care


Self Care Aware: Joining up Self Care in the NHS – 2007

JUSC is a strategy to improve the interface between primary care and the community. This will ensure that service demand is efficiently managed, actively supporting the individual’s own ability to combine self care, when possible, with primary care, when needed.


A Picture of Health – 2005

A national consumer survey into people’s experience of everyday ailments and health conditions such as colds, headaches, allergies, indigestion and muscle aches, and how they deal with them. 

The findings offer a fascinating insight into how we manage our everyday health and in particular our preference for looking after ourselves as far as we can.