My care plan- studies on supporting self-care and collaboration in stroke care through information and communication technology
Teamwork, both within and between healthcare organisations is an increasing necessity in healthcare. It is therefore important to design Health Information Systems (HIS) that support teamwork and provide innovative solutions to improve the communication between different actors.
This is especially important when dealing with patients that suffer from chronic or long-term conditions that involve many different care professions and care provider organizations. Therefore we in this project choose stroke care as the clinical context of our research. To facilitate the stroke patients' self-care and support caregivers, it is important to give patients and family carers access to the information they need and a tool to transform this information into their self-care and preventive activities. It is also important to involve patients and/ or families in the care planning process. In this project we will therefore develop a prototype `My care plan´ that will be a tool with a focus on care and rehabilitation planning as a means to improve collaboration between patients and healthcare staff and a tool to enable long-term reporting and monitoring of individual's health status.
The main purpose of our research is to examine how health information systems (in this context, the care planning tool, `My care plan´) used by patients with chronic or long-term illnesses should be designed to improve collaboration, patient participation, autonomy and self-care.
This project is financed by Health Informatics Centre (HIC). It has started in spring 2011 and will last for four years. Nadia Davoody, Maria Hägglund and Sabine Koch are representing HIC in this work.