The importance of Self-monitoring

The concept of “self-care”, which includes self-monitoring, is well documented as a model to help both clinicians and patients reach a shared approach to managing long-term conditions. The approach brings major benefits to patients including greater symptom management, a feeling of well-being and improved quality of life9.

Most recent reviews show there can be considerable cost savings for patients and the NHS through efficiencies achieved in the provision of care. It has been identified that when changes are made to enable patients better to care for themselves by providing information, education, access to experts by telephone or internet and other support that this may then mean a person makes less, or more appropriate, use of services or other resources10.

The importance of self-monitoring for young people

There are many challenges by families with children who have heart conditions. The added pressure that can be exerted through the need to travel to clinics for INR testing can be relieved through the use of self-monitoring.

Anne Keatley-Clarke, Chief Executive of CHF said:

“Children with heart conditions have to miss a great deal of school to travel to hospital to have their INR levels checked, which is a disruption in their already difficult lives. Parents may also be prevented from going back to work and there are significant travel costs. Allowing families to self-monitor is a small change which would make a major difference to families across the country”


9 Self-care strategy: Self-care – a real choice. Department of Health, 2005
10 Do changes to patient-provider relationships improve quality and save money? – Health Foundation 2012

Comments are closed.

Sign the pledge to support our campaign. Improve the lives of thousands of patients

Click here and give us your support to help us make the case for change. Together, we will make this happen.

Download the latest newsletter

Click here to view all ACSMA newsletters and download your selected edition(s).

Latest News

December 2016: ACSMA Campaign Update

read more

NICE Quality Standard recommend.......

read more


2/2 Warwick Med School wants 2 interview people with AF abt their experiences before diagnosis. Contact for info
reply | retweet | favourite | 09:02 am Jul 14

1/2 Have you been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation? Would you like to contribute to a study to explore ways of improving detection of AF?
reply | retweet | favourite | 09:00 am Jul 14

Do you have AF? Are you interested in sharing your experiences before your diagnosis? Pls contact for more info.
reply | retweet | favourite | 07:53 am Jul 12

follow us on Twitter