Self Management

Self_Management600x300Our Theme

Improving health outcomes in diverse populations through the science of self-management.

Our Focus

Self-management is a process by which individuals and families use knowledge and beliefs, self-regulation skills and abilities, and social facilitation to achieve health-related outcomes. Self-management takes place in the context of risk and protective factors specific to the condition, physical and social environment, and individual and family. Proximal outcomes are self-management behaviors and cost of health care services; distal outcomes are health status, quality of life and cost of health. Self-management is applicable to chronic conditions as well as health promotion [1-3]. 

Self-management is highly consistent with the prevention, care coordination and person centered outcomes of the Affordable Care Act. Our Self-Management Science Center at UWM is the nexus for scientists who are testing and revising the Individual and Family Self-Management Theory, developing and testing self-management interventions, applying self-management to various health/illness conditions, translating self-management to practice and to curricula, and expanding the theory to aggregates and the community.


1 Ryan, P. & Sawin, K.J (2009) The Individual and Family Self-Management Theory: Background and perspectives on context process and outcomes. Nursing Outlook, 57, 217-225. Link to article:
2 Ryan, P. (2009). The Integrated Theory of Health Behavior Change: Background and intervention development. Clinical Nurse Specialist, 23(3), 161-170.
3 UWM Self-Management Science Center Working Group*. (2011). Individual and Family Self-management Theory: Definition of self-management.
*Working group members. P. Ryan, K. Sawin, R., Doering, B. Rodgers, S. Morgan, R. Schiffman, E. Hildebrandt & R. Marine.


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