Self-management support: online tools to the rescue

Consumer-facing devices like smart phones, websites or tablets can support patients and informal caregivers. They should not only be developed in user-centred designs but also be field-tested.

The EU-funded USECARE AAL project on Ambient-Assisted Living (AAL) includes a study in three countries. Find out about the background of USECARE AAL, the consortium and on the potential of eHealth for self-management support.

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QuantifiedSelf: empowering patients, are we getting there?

QuantifiedSelf technologies offer opportunities to empower citizens and patients.

But how can patients become active ‘actors’ and how do we get there?

Kate Wac’s blog post underpins both challenges and promising developments.

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Role of peer organisations in self-management support

Insights from Norway on the co-creating self-management support with peer organisations. The competence of peers is imperative and programs like Stanford’s CDSMP are important stepping-stones to move on to new ways of patient empowerment.

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Peer education and patient empowerment

Patient empowerment and involving peers in health care were key topics at this year’s Careum Congress and 2nd ENOPE conference. Diane Levin-Zamir shares her thoughts on this event.

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Looking back at Careum Congress 2014

Patient engagement was a key topic at the Careum Congress 2014 and 2nd ENOPE conference. It can happen and is expected for health policy decision making. Health professionals should be supported to empower patients and significant other. A focus on vulnerable and hard to reach groups is needed. Co-designing care using bottom-up strategies are more promising than top-down approaches.

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