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Self-management Documentation
Publication date: 01 January 2017

Exploring, adapting and implementing Self-Management Support tools in various nursing practices with chronic patients with diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.


Project description

A rise in patients with chronic diseases demands interprofessional patient-centered care with the facilitation of patients’ self-management by nurses as a key-component.


The NURSE-CC (Nursing Research into Self-management and Empowerment in Chronic Care) research programme, which started almost five years ago, showed that nurses and student nurses find it difficult to support patients’ self-management and often lack the necessary competencies. The ZM-doc (Self Management Documentation) research programme explores how current self-management support tools can be further developed and implemented to support an open communication with patients in a structured manner. In addition to adaptation of the tool to the individual patient needs, specific attention will be paid to systematic and transparent nursing documentation of self-management support

Target group

The ZM-Doc research project includes chronic patients in hospital settings and patients and clients in home care, nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities.


  • The testing, adaptation, and small-scale implementation of self-management support tools for guided and open patient-nurse communication about patient needs and collaborative goal setting in various care-settings with chronic patients with diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Measuring the effects of using self-management support tools on (student)nurse self-management support-competences.
  • Measuring the effects of using self-management support tools on systematic and transparent nursing self-management support-documentation.

The ultimate goal is to equip (student) nurses with adequate competences to provide tailored self-management support, act as change agents, and practice evidence-based care.

Connection to education

The results will be shared with and implemented into the nursing curriculum of Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences and also provided to collaborative partners in this project.


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