Increasing self-efficacy through assisted self monitoring in diabetes
Topic of the practice
Telemedicine service for care and treatment of chronic patients with diabetes
Good Practice Information
The objectives of a new practice of diabetec patients include to make the patients more self-propelled and empowered in their diabetes, and increase their self-knowledge and sense of coherence.
The European MyHealth@Age project develops new telemedicine services and solutions that actively involve elderly in their own care of diabetes. Hereby the aim is to enable elderly to achieve better health, a greater sense of security and wellbeing. The aim is to help the elderly stay healthy and prosperous so that they can take care of themselves 3-5 years longer than would otherwise be the case. In this way the quality of life will be improved at the same time as the healthcare organizations will be given better conditions for providing services.
The elderly will be offered the opportunity to communicate with the caregivers via home computer or tablet computer. They will collect data at home, by using blood glucose and/or blood pressure meter, step counter, pulse watch, simple ECG device or PK-INR meter. The data can hereby be transferred to the care giver, who gives feedback to the patient. It will also be possible to communicate via video.
Evidence of success
The targets of the new telemedicine services in the field of diabetes include reduced HbA1c, better quality of life and patient empowerment (Increased self-efficacy). So far, the patients have obtained knowledge, engagement and empowerment (e.g. increased self-efficacy). The patients’ view of the smart phone is that it is too small, but appreciated and frequently used.
In the current stage of the study, the health care personnel indicates 1) an increased quality of care, 2) the care is not more time consuming compared to ordinary care, 3) it is easier to obtain information in this way which saves time and becomes a natural part of the health care process.
Contact details to obtain further information on the practice
Carl Johan Westborg
Annex completed on: 03-10-2011