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Using Telemedicine to Provide Education for the Symptomatic Patient with Chronic Respiratory Disease

Blackstock, Felicity C.; Roberts, Nicola J.


Felicity C. Blackstock


Technology-enabled learning, using computers, smartphones, and tablets, to educate patients on their respiratory disease and management has grown over the last decade. This shift has been accelerated by the global COVID-19 pandemic and the need to socially distance for public health. Thirteen recently published papers examined experience, knowledge, skills and attitude acquisition, behaviour change, and impact on health outcomes of patient education using technology (websites and mobile device applications) for people with chronic respiratory disease. Technology-enabled patient education that includes relevant information, with activities that encourage the patient to interact with the digital platform, appears to lead to better patient experience and may increase learning and behaviour change with improved quality of life. Developing online relationships with healthcare providers, lower digital capabilities, and poor access to a computer/smartphone/tablet, appear to be barriers that need to be overcome for equity in access. Maintaining the principles of quality educational design, ensuring interactive experiences for patient involvement in the educational activities, patient co-design, healthcare professionals connecting with experts in the field of technology-enabled learning for development of education models, and ongoing research lead to the best patient outcomes in technology-enabled education for respiratory disease.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 26, 2021
Online Publication Date Nov 29, 2021
Publication Date 2021
Deposit Date Aug 30, 2022
Publicly Available Date Sep 1, 2022
Journal Life
Publisher MDPI
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 11
Issue 12
Article Number 1317
Keywords technology-enabled patient education; applications education; web-based education; chronic respiratory conditions
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