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College of Medicine's new self care library


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College of Medicine's new self care library

The Self Care Library is an evidence-based resource for both the public and health professionals. The first 12 conditions are common 'effectiveness gaps'- long-term relapsing health problems where prescription are often less than satisfactory: IBS, tension type headache, low back pain, 'fibromyalgia', and mild to moderate depression among them.

The website has pages organised into four sections: an introduction explaining about the illness, plus browsable sections on 'making some simple changes' (ie diet, exercise and relaxation techniques), buying something to try, and attending classes/visiting a practitioner. We have included OTC medicines, nutritional supplements and herbal medicines - but only if there is a good enough evidence base.  Similarly, where there is some evidence to suggest for instance that acupuncture or osteopathy might be helpful we have included complementary therapies too.   The quality of the evidence is given a simple score, and there are ratings for costs.  A crucially important feature is the way the site can link users directly to summaries of the research behind the information. More ……