Self-Management in this presentation refers to those activities people undertake in an effort to promote health, prevent disease, limit illness, and restore well being. Several investigators contend that self-management be made a major component of many patient health-care strategy (Glasgow, et al., 2001; Wagner, et al., 2001). Currently, nearly 125 million Americans suffer from chronic debilitating illnesses (Anderson, 2000). These national figures clearly underscore the need to develop a multidimensional approach in regards to disease management. Accordingly, measures that incorporate the patient’s perspective in managing his or her health should be explored.
Diabetes mellitus is among those conditions suspected to be highly influenced by self-management activities (Sprangers, et. al., 2000). If benefits do indeed exist, they need to be fully evidenced. The investigation presented here sought to examine the role self management plays in the health outcomes of individuals living with diabetes.