Australian patients using a cardiac-diabetes web-based intervention program: Contributions to person-centered clinical practice

Wu, Chiung-Jung, Atherton, John J., Chang, Anne M., Courtney, Mary, Strodl, Esben, Clark, Alexander M., Thompson, David R., Ramis, Mary-Anne, & McPhail, Steven M. (2015) Australian patients using a cardiac-diabetes web-based intervention program: Contributions to person-centered clinical practice. European Journal for Person Centered Healthcare, 3(2), pp. 168-174.

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Rationale, aims and objectives: Patients with both cardiac disease and diabetes have poorer health outcomes than patients with only one chronic condition. While evidence indicates that internet based interventions may improve health outcomes for patients with a chronic disease, there is no literature on internet programs specific to cardiac patients with comorbid diabetes. Therefore this study aimed to develop a specific web-based program, then to explore patients’ perspectives on the usefulness of a new program.

Methods: The interpretive approach using semi-structured interviews on a purposive sample of eligible patients with type 2 diabetes and a cardiac condition in a metropolitan hospital in Brisbane, Australia. Thematic analysis was undertaken to describe the perceived usefulness of a newly developed Heart2heart webpage.

Results: Themes identified included confidence in hospital health professionals and reliance on doctors to manage conditions. Patients found the webpage useful for managing their conditions at home.

Conclusions: The new Heart2heart webpage provided a positive and useful resource. Further research on to determine the potential influence of this resource on patients’ self-management behaviours is paramount. Implications for practice include using multimedia strategies for providing information to patients’ comorbidities of cardiac disease and type 2 diabetes, and further development on enhancement of such strategies

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ID Code: 87843
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Perspectives, Web-based, Cardiac, Diabetes, Information Technology, Self-management
DOI: 10.5750/ejpch.v3i2.907
ISSN: 2052-5656
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Deposited On: 02 Feb 2016 02:52
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2016 21:21

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