Introducing the Self Care Library
The Self Care Library is an online patient resource providing free evidence-based information about self-care. It is the result of work funded by the College of Medicine and the Department of Health. In this introductory extract we focus on irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).The library can be found at http://selfcare-library.info. Currently, information is available on the following chronic health problems: back pain, depression, chronic fatigue, tension-type headache, IBS, menopause, migraines, osteoarthritis, premenstrual syndrome and dysmenorrhoea, insomnia, fibromyalgia and stress and anxiety.
We worked together on the Self Care Library (SLC) project for two years, alongside Half-a-second Studios who designed and put together the superb website. The SLC has initially focused on self-care treatment options for the sorts of long-term conditions that do not always respond easily to medical treatment. For problems such as these (and IBS is typically one of them) people very often want to know what they can do for themselves. GPs too may have similar questions about how best to advise such patients. The SCL provides a platform for doctors and patients to discuss the options based on the available scientific evidence for what is most likely to help.It is uniquely wide-ranging, up to date, and user-friendly.