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Development of a questionnaire to determine the factors of an eHealth application that supports patient empowerment for people with chronic pain

Pfeijffer, Maud (2020) Development of a questionnaire to determine the factors of an eHealth application that supports patient empowerment for people with chronic pain.

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Abstract:Background; Chronic pain is a widespread problem for which there is no clear treatment. It has many negative effects on the lives of the persons diagnosed with it, such as the pain itself, financial consequences and social consequences. Patient empowerment can contribute to coping with chronic pain. To stimulate patient empowerment, eHealth can be used. However, it is not clear which factors of patient empowerment are suitable for people with chronic pain, nor is it clear how an eHealth system supports these factors. Objective; The aim of this study was to investigate what factors contribute to patient empowerment for people with chronic pain and in which way eHealth can support a person with chronic pain in achieving patient empowerment. Method; A literature review was conducted to identify factors of patient empowerment. This resulted in 4 factors: self-management, resources, self-efficacy and perceived usefulness. These factors and their subfactors were then used to create questions for an online survey. For a test, this survey was administered among people with chronic pain (n=12), from which 25% used an eHealth system. The data was analysed using descriptive statistics. Results; In the questionnaire, the 4 factors of patient empowerment relevant for people with chronic pain were tested. As the number of participants using the eHealth system was really low, no statistical analysis were possible. Participants rated the influence of the eHealth system on the factors of patient empowerment mostly positive. Conclusions; Patient empowerment seems the exist out of 4 factors: self-management, resources, self-efficacy and perceived usefulness. An eHealth program can contribute to patient empowerment by contributing to those factors.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Clients:
Roessingh Research and Development, Enschede, The Netherlands
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:05 communication studies, 44 medicine, 70 social sciences in general, 77 psychology
Programme:Communication Studies BSc (56615)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/81611
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