Patients Should Have More Input in eHealth Technologies’ Design, Study Finds

Patients Should Have More Input in eHealth Technologies’ Design, Study Finds
Patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are open to engaging with electronic health (eHealth) technologies as potential solutions for better disease self-management. This suggests that eHealth could be a way to improve communications between patients and IBD clinicians, particularly if eHealth tools are designed with patient input, a recent study found. In recent decades, technology developments have aided the field of medicine, including eHealth technologies. These are designed to provide patients with new tools that inform, equip, and encourage engagement in disease self-management. They also can help ease the burdens of outpatient services associated with IBD. But eHealth technology has faced setbacks in usage, particularly in terms of high attrition rates, which limit its implementation in clinical practice. To address this concern, patients should be involved in the process of developing these technologies to provide insight into the most relevant and effective tools required. In the study titled, “eHealth for inflammatory bowel disease self-management – the patient perspective,” the authors evaluated how IBD patients perceived the usefulness of eHealth solutions for disease management, as well as whether or not they would continue using these types of solutions. The study was published in the 
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