Self-management refers to how a patient faces the day-to-day issues arising as a result of their illness and treatment.

Self-management of kidney disease

Pill boxTreatment for End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) can be a life changing condition.
It places new limitations on:

  • your time
  • how active you can be
  • what you can eat
  • how much fluid you can drink

These restrictions can impact a person's social and family life, and how they think about themselves and their place in the world.

Clinical staff are on hand to treat ESRD patients and to provide support where they can.

Ultimately however, patients and their informal carers, such as family and friends, share the challenges of treating the disease. Self-management has been shown to help in other chronic conditions.

Definition of self-management

Self-management is sometimes referred to as 'self-care'.

For people with long term conditions, it involves understanding and following complex medical regimens, and making challenging changes in lifestyle such as weight loss or increasing exercise.

Self-management involves three different kinds of tasks:

  • Care of the body and management of the condition.
  • Adapting everyday activities and roles to the condition.
  • Dealing with the emotions arising from having the condition.

Learn more about self-management at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and The Health Foundation.



I believe that dialysis has to work for me... it's about being able to work

-Lee, Dialysis patient