An online mobile/desktop application for supporting sustainable chronic disease self-management and lifestyle change Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • Health self-management has become a new trend in healthcare management due to its effectiveness in improving patient health, quality of life, and life satisfaction and simultaneously reducing the cost of care. To evaluate the potential of mobile health, we developed an online health self-management system for mobile or desktop environment to help patients self-manage their health in home settings. Certain elements (e.g. education, entertainment, and rewards) were built into the system to encourage patients to both adopt and continue using it. The system was shown to two groups of patients: an Internet-panel group of 198 patients with one or more serious chronic illnesses and 83 peripheral arterial disease patients in an in-person study group. A statistical model based on Unified Theory of Acceptance and use of Technology in a consumer context was used to analyze the results. The results from both groups confirmed that such systems, from the perspectives of patients (in a “pre-use” stage), are useful, beneficial, and rewarding to use.

publication date

  • August 5, 2020