Supporting Diabetes Self-Management with Pervasive Wireless Technology Solutions

Supporting Diabetes Self-Management with Pervasive Wireless Technology Solutions

Nilmini Wickramasinghe (RMIT University, Australia), Indrit Troshani (University of Adelaide Business School, Australia) and Steve Goldberg (INET International Inc., Canada)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 15
DOI: 10.4018/jhdri.2009100102
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Abstract

Diabetes is one of the leading chronic diseases affecting Australians and its prevalence continues to rise. Diabetes is therefore becoming a serious challenge for both the quality of healthcare and expenditure in the Australian healthcare system. The goal of this study is to investigate the application of a pervasive technology solution developed by INET in the form of a wireless enabled mobile phone to facilitate superior diabetes self-management.
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Current Self-Management Research

As there is no cure for diabetes, non-medical approaches are used jointly with medical approaches so that patients can have a life which is as normal as possible. However, non-medical approaches can be challenging as they require effective lifestyle management and meticulous attention and monitoring by both patients and healthcare professionals (Britt et al., 2007). Particularly, to be successful, patients need to be both informed and active in their treatment regimen (AIHW, 2007, 2008). This can be achieved by effective self-management which is a non-medical approach and which constitutes the focus of this paper.

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