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Person-centred e-health in patients with coronary heart disease

Conference contribution
Authors Andreas Fors
Axel Wolf
Kerstin Dudas
Jörgen Thorn
Inger Ekman
Published in Sixth Geneva conference on person-centered medicine. April 29 – May 1, 2013
Publication year 2013
Published at Institute of Medicine, School of Public Health and Community Medicine
University of Gothenburg Centre for person-centred care (GPCC)
Institute of Health and Care Sciences
Language en
Subject categories Health Sciences



Remote monitoring of patients with coronary heart disease (CHD) has yielded mixed and often disappointing results [1]. One reason could be that remote monitoring mirrors a disease focused of looking at the patient [2], hence only promoting a one-way communication between the patient and health care professionals.


To investigate the feasibility and effect of an e-health application aimed for self-monitoring of signs and symptoms in patients with CHD.


This study is part of an ongoing randomized controlled trial in Sweden for patients with CHD. Patients are trained at the hospital to use a smartphone application and a web-site for the following 12 months where they are able to 1) write a health diary 2) rate their current state of fatigue, motivation and concentration 3) obtain daily trend graphs of physical activity, measured via a built-in accelerometer 4) establish chat-contact with other patients in the study 5) establish contact with staff at e.g. their study clinic.

Expected results

To our knowledge, this is the first study that will evaluate a combined smartphone and web-based person-centred diary for patients with CHD. Tentative findings indicate a feasibility of a smartphone application for patients. Further findings will be presented at the conference.


1. Anker, S.D., F. Koehler, and W.T. Abraham. Telemedicine and remote management of patients with heart failure. Lancet, 2011. 378(9792): p. 731-9.

2. Swedberg, K., A. Wolf, and I. Ekman. Telemonitoring in patients with heart failure. New England Journal of Medicine, 2011. 364(11): p. 1078; author reply 1079-80.

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