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Keywords:

  • orem;
  • self-care;
  • self-care agency;
  • self-neglect

• Self-neglect is a familiar concept to all community nurses. Nevertheless there have been few empirical studies undertaken in this area over the last 30 years.

• The study of self-neglect has been hampered by inadequate conceptualization and a lack of theoretical frameworks.

• This article reports a study of patients who did and did not self-neglect, drawn from district nursing caseloads.

• Patients with self-neglect had lower levels of operable self-care agency than patients in a comparison group.

• Only self-neglecting patients had the nursing diagnoses `ineffective management of therapy' and `non-compliance'.