Health Care Innovations: Chronic Disease and Self-Management among Adult Patients

The article by McCabe, McCann, and Brady (2017) titled Computer and mobile technology interventions for self‐management in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease provide a systematic review of studies focused on managing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in the adult population. The research aimed at comparing the outcomes of interventions delivered by the PC and face-to-face.

The study used three random controlled trials with a total of 1580 participants to assess short-term outcomes. The results demonstrated that the use of technology improves the effectiveness and cost-efficiency of care delivery to the adult population with COPD. The results also show that computer-based interventions are more effective for promoting self-management techniques in comparison with face-to-face visits. However, the results of the study are limited, and they need to be used cautiously for drawing universal conclusions.

The article made me realize that computer-based interventions may be effective both for younger and older adults. Moreover, the study helped me appreciate that the positive influence of technology usage in remote healthcare delivery might be associated with increased interest in the process. However, patients may not sustain the interest, and the effectiveness of the technology-based approach of care delivery may gradually decrease.

Reference

McCabe, C., McCann, M., & Brady, A. M. (2017). Computer and mobile technology interventions for self‐management in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, (5).