Do Everyday Problems of People With Chronic Illness Interfere With Their Disease Management?

Lieke van Houtum; Mieke Rijken; Peter Groenewegen


BMC Public Health. 2015;15(1000) 

In This Article


It was already known that being chronically ill can be disruptive to people's daily life. However, this study shows that this effect might work both ways and that everyday problems of people with chronic illness interfere with their self-management. The effect of these problems on self-management depends on the type of problems people with chronic illness encounter on a daily basis as well as on the type of self-management at stake. Healthcare providers should therefore actively address the individual (social) circumstances of people with chronic illness and the broader context in which self-management of chronically ill people takes place. Seeing self-management as part of people's individual life context might help to understand the difficulties people with chronic illness might have with self-management and, in many cases, to subsequently resolve them.

Authors' Statement of Adherence to Ethical Standards

All procedures, including the informed consent process, were conducted in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000. According to the Dutch Medical Research Involving Human Subjects Act, this study does not require ethics approval.