Study on Motivation in Healthcare Treatment Using a Networked Healthcare Guidance System
To support the continuing effort towards improving healthcare, we have developed a computer system that enables patients and healthcare counselors to access data such as weight and the number of steps walked, which is uploaded by patients allowing counselors to advise patients based on their patients’ healthcare records using a video phone. A six-month trial was performed to evaluate the effectiveness of the system. From the daily-uploaded data, 70% of the patients continued to upload their data until the end of the trial. According to the results of the questionnaire, half of the patients underwent a behavioral change based on the Transtheoretical Model . We found that having a clear goal, checking data daily, and continuous support provided by healthcare counselors motivate patients to continue a particular regimen.
Keywordsbehavior modification healthcare guidance IT network
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