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Management of long-term conditions is recognised as a collective as well as an individual process. But currently, self-management outcome measures are only focused on individuals. There is need for a measure which captures the collective effort relevant to day-to-day management of long-term conditions.
A literature review to identify the concepts and theories which relate to collective efficacy. Focus groups with people with long-term conditions to explore concerns and concepts linked to collective aspects of illness management and help develop items for a questionnaire. A paper-based questionnaire will be created, piloted and tested.
The intention is to have a short questionnaire researchers, commissioners and other interested groups can use to measure the impact of social network interventions.