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Increased self-care brings many benefits, not only for the individual, but for clinicians, the NHS, government and society as a whole.  In this section you can find a summary of the evidence that supports the case for self-care. 

What do we mean by ‘self-care’?  
The Department of Health has described self-care as ‘the actions people take for themselves, their children and their families to stay fit and maintain good physical and mental health; meet social and psychological needs; prevent illness or accidents; care for minor ailments and long-term conditions; and maintain health and wellbeing after an acute illness or discharge from hospital

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