Home > Policy > Research and Reports
Digital technology is already supporting people to manage their own health but much more could be done to apply these digital solutions to support and increase self care. In this report, we look at ways in which digital technology is already supporting self care across the world, and make recommendations for action.
PAGB's White Paper sets out a series of policies which must be implemented to create and embed a culture of self care including supporting people to manage their own health, tackling health inequalities and reducing pressures on NHS services. Read more on our policy pages.
A summary report of a roundtable meeting in Parliament chaired by Martin Vickers MP, and jointly hosted by PAGB, RCGP and the Self Care Forum. Representatives from NHS organisations and other health agencies met on 18 July 2018 to discuss key priorities for a national self care strategy.
PAGB interim White Paper outlining recommendations for policies that we believe will unlock the potential for self care.
Report of a parliamentary roundtable meeting on 19 June 2018 held to explore evidence-based smoking cessation services in light of recent tobacco control policy developments. This paper sets out a number of recommendations for action across both national and local organisations.
Saving time, reducing demand infographic developed by PAGB in partnership with the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Self Care Forum.
Findings from a survey of 2000 adults indicate that people's self care behaviour is linked to confidence in health professionals and their understanding of when and how to self care.
A new report by the Health and Food Supplements Information Service (HSIS) reveals that middle-aged people in the UK are still not making simple, practical changes early enough which could help protect against poor quality of life and ill health in the future.
Includes essential nutrients in the 30s, 40s and 50s and how they support healthy ageing.
A green paper published by PAGB has revealed several areas where the NHS in Greater Manchester could do more to promote self care for self-treatable conditions, helping to reduce the pressure on local health services and drive cost savings in the region.
How could a self care strategy help reduce waste in the NHS? Equipping people with the knowledge to self care and self treat commonly occurring conditions could help reduce areas of waste, freeing up valuable resources...
Also available, a one page infographic
How could a self care strategy help reduce waste in the NHS? View our one page infographic highlighting 5 key areas where savings could be made.
Based on research commissioned by PAGB, this report explores current attitudes towards self care and how this relates to people’s behaviour when managing self-treatable conditions. It includes recommendations on how to bridge the disconnect between the two.
See also our one-page infographic highlighting the key findings.
Read a one page summary highlighting the findings from PAGB’s Self Care Nation report on attitudes and behaviours in self care.
See also our report exploring current attitudes towards self care and how this relates to people’s behaviour when managing self-treatable conditions.
Report of a parliamentary roundtable (September 2016) which brought together commissioners, providers, charities and other experts in Stop Smoking Services, as well as parliamentarians to understand the key challenges that exist to making further reductions in smoking rates, and what can be done to overcome them.
This report by RB in association with PAGB, written by the Economist Intelligence Unit looks at the changing healthcare environment and the role self-care plays and efforts at regulatory harmonisation, the barriers they have encountered, and prospects for the future.
This report investigates the nutritional gaps which are putting over-50s at increased risk of poor health and explores the possible use of supplements to address this hidden health challenge.
In an analysis carried out by IMS Health, it was estimated that self treatable conditions were responsible for 19.1% of attendances in England (2014), accounting for 3.7 million attendances at a cost of £290 million.
PAGB’s manifesto for self care outlines ways for the NHS to relieve pressures facing GPs and A&E departments. These include: implementing high profile national awareness campaigns to make people aware of when and how to self treat, providing consistent advice on where to access the right care, and through improving health literacy in children.
In an analysis carried out by IMS Health, it was estimated that minor ailments accounts for 18-20% of GP workload at a cost of £2 billion a year.