Healthcare Quarterly

Healthcare Quarterly 18(4) January 2016 : 55-61.doi:10.12927/hcq.2016.24549
Patient Self-Management

Engaging Patients in Online Self-Care Technologies for Chronic Disease Management

Peter Picton, Sara Urowitz, David Wiljer and Joseph A. Cafazzo

Abstract

A common perception is that the use of Internet-based self-care systems is best suited for a younger, tech-proficient population, and that these systems will increase the burden on patients with complex chronic conditions.

The study stratified patients with diabetes into three regimens of use of an Internet-based diabetes self-care portal. Results show that patients were more likely to adhere to a diurnal regimen than a variable regimen, and older patients, over the age of 60, were more adherent than younger patients, regardless of regimen.

This suggests that common misconceptions should be reconsidered when prescribing Internet-based interventions for patients with chronic illness.

 

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