Patients Learning Process Supporting Change in Identities and Life Styles - A Heart Failure Self-care Scenario

  • Linda Askenäs
  • Jan AidemarkEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 111)


This paper deals with the planning of eHealth systems in the area of chronic care from a patient-centered perspective. The specific area is heart failure (HF) and systems that support patients’ possibilities to be active learners during the care processes and facilitate learning as a process of life style changes. Becoming better at self-care implies changes in lifestyle and the creation of a new identity. A better understanding of this process is intended to create a base for developing appropriate information systems or information technology (IS/IT) support for learning processes. The objective of this paper is the development of a better understanding of the challenges of self-care within chronic illnesses with special focus on HF. As a result, we present a set of issues that could guide the choice and design of ICT-based support systems.


Learning management Heart failure eHealth Patient learning Self-care Life-style changes Chronic illness Patient-centered care Learning processes 



This work is supported through the Swedish National Science Council/Swedish research council for health, working life and welfare (VR-FORTE) (2014-4100).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Linnaeus UniversityVäxjöSweden

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