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.