Self care-self-help strategies for persons with menieres disease: a systematic review

Long, AF and Brettle, AJ ORCID: 2015, 'Self care-self-help strategies for persons with menieres disease: a systematic review' , Patient Intelligence, 7 , pp. 33-51.

PDF - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial.

Download (384kB) | Preview


In recent years, health care practitioners and researchers have become increasingly interested in finding ways to help persons with long-standing health problems cope and live their everyday lives. This article presents the findings of the first systematic review of empirical research on the self-care strategies that persons with one such condition, Ménière’s disease (MD), find helpful. It aims to provide evidence-informed guidance to persons with MD on self-help/self-care approaches they might pursue. Searches were undertaken on three databases (MEDLINE, CINAHL, and PsycINFO), locating 239 potentially relevant references relating to MD or symptoms associated with the condition. Following a screening and critical appraisal process undertaken by the authors, eight papers were included in the review and were judged to be of high or good quality. The papers were synthesized in a narrative form, with individual papers summarized in evidence tables. No single self-help/self-care strategy or coping mechanism was evident. The review found evidence of the potential of a diverse range of helpful self-care approaches, including a cognitive behavioral therapy–self-help intervention, changes in lifestyle, developing and adopting positive approaches and/or avoidance of precipitating factors, and complementary and alternative medicine. The key message, for persons with MD and their caring health practitioners, is to become aware of the multiplicity of potential strategies and to try with support from others to “find what works, why and how” for themselves in their own psycho-socio-cultural lifeworld. More research is needed to examine people’s search for self-care strategies and obtain insight into how and why these work for them, drawing on notions of pragmatic acculturation, health literacy, and human/health agency, in addition to further research on the potential of, and who might benefit most from, cognitive behavioral therapy–self-help interventions.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Patient Intelligence
Publisher: Dove Medical Press
ISSN: 1179-3198
Related URLs:
Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: AJ Brettle
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2015 10:50
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 20:04
References: 1. exp Self Management/ or exp Self Care Skills/ or exp Coping Behavior/ or self 2. 3. 4. sense of 5. exp Interpersonal Control/ or exp "Internal External Locus of Control"/ or sense of 6. exp Self Efficacy/ 7. self 8. exp Empowerment/ 9. self treat*.mp. 10. self-treat*.mp. 11. coping behavior/ 12. 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 or 5 or 6 or 7 or 8 or 9 or 10 or 11 13. menieres disease/ or labyrinth disorders/ or vertigo/ 14. 15. Exp Tinnitus/ 16. 13 or 14 or 15 17. 12 and 16

Actions (login required)

Edit record (repository staff only) Edit record (repository staff only)


Downloads per month over past year