Self-management is important because it helps a person take control of their physical and mental health, reducing health cost and preventing greater issues in the future. Self-management is used in many fields from psychology to medical fields. The rising rate of chronic medical issues makes self-management almost a requirement for people to live healthy lives.
Being able to manage health conditions means that there are less visits to the doctor or that a patient will notice changes in their condition before they become life threatening. Even when applied to mental aspects of health, it is important to note changes in health or when medicine is no longer working. These preventive steps keep health costs low for both the patient and the insurance companies.