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Title: Preliminary test of an Internet-based diabetes self-management tool
Authors: Armstrong, Natalie
Powell, John
First Published: Apr-2008
Publisher: Royal Society of Medicine
Citation: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 2008, 14 (3), pp. 114-116.
Abstract: Self-care is a way of helping the health service to manage the growth in long-term chronic conditions. We developed an Internet-based self-management tool for diabetes following detailed consultations with patients. The Virtual Clinic allows a patient to communicate with their health professionals, find information about their condition and share support and advice with others through peer-to-peer discussions. We conducted a test of the Virtual Clinic with five patients prior to the start of a six-month pilot study to evaluate its feasibility, acceptability and effectiveness. The test session involved an interactive computer-based element followed by a focus group to gather feedback. All five patients were positive about the Virtual Clinic. A user-centred approach to developing an Internet intervention is important to ensure that it will meet patients' needs and that they will be enthusiastic about using it.
ISSN: 1357-633X
Type: Article
Description: This paper was published as Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 2008, 14 (3), pp. 114-116. It is available from Doi: 10.1258/jtt.2008.003002
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