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Evidence-Based Resource Summary

Strength of Evidence: 
4 out of 4
4 out of 4
Year Published: 

Interactive Health Communication Applications for People with Chronic Disease

Description of Resource: 
People with chronic disease have multiple needs. Computer-based programs which combine health information with online peer support, decision support, or help with behavior change may be one way of meeting these needs and helping people to achieve better health. This systematic review sought to find out how such computer programs, known as Interactive Health Communication Applications (IHCAs), might affect people with chronic disease. The review authors found that IHCAs improved users' knowledge, social support, health behaviors and clinical outcomes. It is also more likely than not that IHCAs improve users' self-efficacy.

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Developed By: 
Cochrane Review
Developer Type: 
Non-Federal Government
Healthy People 2020 Topic Area(s): 
Health Communication and Health Information Technology
Healthy People 2020 Objectives: 
Resource Type: 
Systematic Review
Murray E, Burns J, See Tai S, Lai R, Nazareth I. Interactive Health Communication Applications for people with chronic disease. Cochrane Database Syst Rev [Internet]. 2005 [cited 2017 12 5];(4):Article CD004274. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD004274.pub4. Available from: