PLoS ONE volume 9, issue 6, Pe98340 2014 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0098340 View full text
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David Reeves, Christian Blickem, Ivaylo Vassilev, Helen Brooks, Anne Kennedy, Gerry Richardson, Anne Rogers

Abstract: Evidence for the effectiveness of patient education programmes in changing individual self-management behaviour is equivocal. More distal elements of personal social relationships and the availability of social capital at the community level may be key to the mobilisation of resources needed for long-term condition self-management to be effective.AimTo determine how the social networks of people with long-term conditions (diabetes and heart disease) are associated with health-related outcomes and changes in ou…

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