Self-Care: Better Daily Health for Individuals and Societies

Date of Publication
2018

Establishing self-care as a global policy priority to improve health outcomes and address the sustainability of health systems around the world is both necessary and achievable.

As this paper suggests, however, achieving self-care’s potential will require that we expand access and exposure to health literacy and tools that enable the greater adoption of lifelong self-care practices. Giving people the assurance and capabilities to practice self-care requires addressing a knowledge gap from a health literacy standpoint and a leadership gap in encouragement, support and promotion among policymakers.