Self Care Continuum
The self-care continuum as defined by the Self Care Forum, is a 'sliding scale, starting with the individual responsibility people take in making daily choices about their lifestyle, such as brushing their teeth, eating healthily or choosing to do exercise.'
Moving along the scale, people can often take care of themselves when they have common symptoms such as sore throats, coughs etc, for example by using over-the-counter medicines. The same is true for long-term conditions where people often self-manage without intervention from a health professional.
At the other end of the continuum is major trauma where responsibility for care is entirely in the hands of the healthcare professionals, until the start of their recovery, when self-care can begin again.
Self Care Forum website: http://www.selfcareforum.org/about-us/what-do-we-mean-by-self-care-and-why-is-good-for-people/