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Purpose: This systematic review identified, synthesized, and integrated concept analyses on self‐care and related concepts. Design: The guidelines for systematic literature reviews of the Joanna Briggs Institute were followed. Methods: The Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), PubMed, PsycINFO, and EMBASE databases were searched for concept analyses published in the past 20 years. Findings: A total of 26 concept analyses were identified that had been published on self‐care, self‐care agency, self‐monitoring, self‐management, self‐management support, symptom management, and self‐efficacy. Differences and commonalities in the examined literature were identified, and a model was delineated, explaining the relations among the various concepts from the nursing perspective. Conclusions: The healthcare literature has broadly described self‐care and related concepts; however, consensus on the definitions remains beyond our reach and should not be expected, due to the different perspectives and paradigms from which the concepts are interpreted. From a nursing perspective, self‐care can be considered a broad concept encompassing the other concepts, which describe more specific individual levels of activities and processes. Clinical Relevance: Nurses are actively involved in disease management and self‐management support as well as in promoting self‐care in healthy and sick people. Referring to a model on self‐care and related concepts could avoid misinterpretations in nursing practice, research, and policy.


Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research

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