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Empowering Diabetes Patients with Interventions Based on Behaviour Change Techniques

Author: Jung, O. · Glachs, D. · Strohmeier, F. · Mulrenin, R. · Huisman, S. · Smith, I. · Keulen, H. van · Sont, J. · Ploessnig, M.
Source:Studies in health technology and informatics, 260, 154-161
Identifier: 867433
doi: doi:10.3233/978-1-61499-971-3-154
Keywords: Clinical decision support systems · Early medical intervention; · Patient participation


The number of people with diabetes is increasing in every European country and like all chronic diseases it cannot be cured. However, patient empowerment is an acknowledged strategy for improving the patients' health situation. This paper describes the Action Plan Engine developed as a tool for diabetes patients in the POWER2DM project. The Action Plan Engine offers a guided workflow based on treatment goals and activities. A periodic review evaluates how successful a patient has fulfilled these goals and activities. Part of the evaluation is detailed feedback, in particular about 170 interventions based on Behaviour Change Techniques in order to change a patient's lifestyle behaviour towards a healthier, diabetes-appropriate lifestyle. Additionally, the Action Plan Engine offers decision trees for coping with barriers regarding glucose monitoring, exercise, carbohydrate, insulin and stress.