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Therapeutic patient education & e-health

Therapeutic education and e-health.
How to make patients more self-supportive, to enhance their adherence to prescribed treatments and to improve their quality of life?

Therapeutic Patient Education (TPE) enables people with chronic diseases to acquire or retain skills to manage their lives with a disease[1]. TPE is designed to train patients in the skills of self-managing or adapting treatment to their particular chronic disease, and in developing processes and skills[2].

Today, medical applications have a major role to play in making the patient autonomous, actor and responsible for his or her health. They have a real place to take in the monitoring of patients, notably in the context of chronic diseases.

General Practitioners are at the very centre of TPE

TPE can be proposed and dispensed by any healthcare professional involved in the care, but the general practitioner has a leading role in this process. It must be handed over in close accordance with the patient and updated at any further consultation, thus being integrated into the long term follow up of the care plan.

Good coordination between healthcare professionals is therefore necessary to grant effectiveness to TPE. Nonetheless, because of short time during consultations[3] and occasionally scant coordination between professionals, TPE still has to set foot in the patient’s care plan.

Four crucial cornerstones for a successful TPE

Proper information to patient

Information must be transmitted in a clear and appropriate way. Health care professionals need to adapt their language to simply explain the pathology and its consequences, but also to listen to the patient and to put him at ease. The patient must deem himself free to ask questions and feel at the centre of the process.

Easy to use tools (during consultation as well as at home)

The patient can rely on a wide range of digital tools to accompany him in his treatment: reminders by SMS or mail of medications to be taken, companion software, tracking/monitoring applications, etc.

Linking the patient and his entourage with patient associations

Associations represent a real support and sometimes a complementary motivation for the patients. Through associations, the patient may not feel left by himself with his pathology. Mutual aid can effectively stimulate the motivation of patients, for instance when physical activity or weight loss are involved.

Training and attentiveness of health professionals

Health care professionals need to be aware of this public health issue. The general practitioners are particularly concerned; they prescribe, evaluate and play an active role in the TPE, hence becoming one of its cornerstones.

Taken together, these criteria allow the gathering, or the acquisition of skills needed to adapt to the pathology. They help the patient to harmonize his life project with the disease and the recommended care plan.

Advantages of a medical application in the context of the TPE

Colnec health has developed a medical application ‘ Colnec ‘, which has been certified as “medical device”, to support medical care for patients with chronic pathologies.
Colnec health allows health professionals to empower their patients to continue the TPE process away from consultation hours. This approach aims to help the patient play an active role during his long term follow up of the care plan

The Colnec application invites health professionals to co-define the care plan with their patient and to collaborate with other caregivers for the sake of more efficiency. Patient is heartened and supported in developing his autonomy, while being allowed to self-manage his own treatment. Through a real-time medical monitoring, the application also enables the healthcare professional to follow his patient at a distance and to be alerted when necessary.

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Colnec Health actively takes part in the process of therapeutic education, aiming to make patients more self-conscious and autonomous. It grants continuous support all through the span of the healthcare plan of the patient with a chronic disease.
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Sources
[1] WHO, 1998.
[2] Recommandations HAS, juin 2007.
[3] In France, the average time of consultation is 18.5 minutes, Exercer, 2008, 80, pp 56-57.