Information about tRAppen for medical and health professionals
tRAppen is a behaviour-orientated web service for people with inflammatory rheumatic conditions who are active together on their own terms.
Even though tRAppen is a self-help tool for patients, it can also be useful for medical and health professionals. No doubt you have had patients who have found it hard to muster the self-motivation to exercise or even finish their rehabilitation. This is where tRAppen can make everyone’s life much easier.
Users support each other
The tRAppen web service has two main functions. Firstly, people with an inflammatory rheumatic disease form closed groups of no more than 12 participants for feedback, encouragement, inspiration and advice on physical activity and exercise; secondly, the users themselves set their own goals and plan and log their activities to then receive regular feedback on their progress.
Who should use tRAppen?
tRAppen is for people with inflammatory rheumatic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis, AS, SLE or myositis, although not for people with osteoarthritis/arthrosis. Before they use the service, patients need to know how they are to be physically active and to feel confident about being active and exercise on their own.
Patients can sign up with a group on the tRAppen website or you can introduce and recommend the service to them, either individually or as part of a group. For instance, a rehab group who have been exercising with a physiotherapist together can continue their exercise unsupervised using tRAppen once their rehabilitation is over. Alternatively, you can invite prospective tRAppen users at your workplace or clinic to a meeting where they can learn about the service and get to know each other. Such a group needs to have at least four members.
If you want help with how to use and introduce tRAppen to your patients, feel free to contact Åsa Revenäs. You can also contact Åsa if you want to test tRAppen yourself in a medical and health professional group. It may help you when recommending and introducing tRAppen to your patients.
tRAppen can make your life easier
The tRAppen web service is intended as a complement to traditional care and rehabilitation, and is a tool that can make it easier for you to conclude a rehab programme and for your patients to become active on their own. Eventually, this should free up more healthcare resources to those in need of more rehab support.
tRAppen offers people living with a chronic disease a chance to take more responsibility for their own health and gives those accustomed to exercise and wanting to take charge of their rehabilitation inspiration and support in living a physically active life.
tRAppen is free for everyone with an inflammatory rheumatic disease
The tRAppen web service was launched in spring 2016 and is available free of charge to everyone with an inflammatory rheumatic disease living in Sweden. It can be used on all types of device – smart phone, tablet or laptop.
Research and development
tRAppen has been developed co-creatively, which means that its content and functionality have been created by potential uses, researchers, clinicians and systems developers. tRAppen is based on theories of learning and behaviour, evidence from studies of physical activity and rheumatoid arthritis, and the users’ own experiences of what it is like to live with a chronic disease.
The research on tRAppen has been conducted at Karolinska Institutet and Uppsala University in association with the Swedish Rheumatism Association, We+ and Stockholm county council (project 4D). If you want to know more about the science behind the service, contact Åsa Revenäs, RPT, PhD.
You can also read her thesis "Co-designing a mobile Internet service for self-management of physical activity in rheumatoid arthritis".
Information on tRAppen is also available on the Vårdgivarguiden website (in Swedish).
The service is financed by Karolinska Institutet, Uppsala University, Stockholm County Council, the Swedish Rheumatism Association, VINNVÅRD, the Stig Thune Foundation and Combine Sweden.