The Self-Care Matrix is a pragmatic and unifying framework that can be used to conceptualise the totality of self-care and its various interlinked dimensions. The Matrix can be used as a lens by which to view, identify, study and evaluate self-care elements in any health and wellbeing intervention, independent of the disease category or setting.
The mid-level descriptions and the visual schema illustrating the inter-relationship between each of the four cardinal dimensions of self-care render this model easily accessible to a wide audience.
The Self-Care Matrix signals a new point of departure for self-care thinking and can be used as a common ground between all stakeholders interested in advancing the study, practice, development, commissioning and evaluation of self-care initiatives in the contemporary setting. The Matrix is the cornerstone of the Self-Care Evaluation Framework (SCEF) which can be used to evaluate a variety of self-care, lifestyle medicine, social prescribing or workplace health promotion interventions.