Centre for Behaviour Change


CBC Conf 2018: Keynote abstract from John Dinsmore - ProACT: Designing a Digital Behavioural Change Intervention for Multimorbidity Self-Management

28 November 2017

John Dinsmore, Assistant Professor in Digital Integrated Care at Trinity College Dublin, is our final keynote speaker, read on to see his talk abstract.

Currently, 50 million people in Europe suffer from two or more chronic conditions (or multimorbidity) , with more than 70% of healthcare costs spent on the management of chronic diseases, with an overall expenditure in the EU of €700 billion annually . Support for persons with two or more chronic diseases is frequently repetitive and inefficient, involving multiple appointments that are often inconvenient and burdensome. Individuals sometimes receive confusing and conflicting advice that could also be potentially unsafe, for example due to medication interactions. Poorly integrated and coordinated care has a range of negative consequences for the health and quality of life of patients and their carers, but also at a broader societal level in terms of healthcare resources. By developing new proactive, home based healthcare models that use digital technologies, it is possible to challenge the single disease framework of chronic disease management and provide new flexible, patient-centred solutions to support the management multiple conditions. This talk will examine via an EU funded digital health programme (ProACT – http://www.proact2020.eu) the challenges and opportunities for designing and developing a digital behavioural change intervention for older persons living with multiple health conditions involving multiple stakeholders. Included will be an examination of current trends shaping the digital healthcare landscape and approaches (e.g. behavioural change, human computer interaction, big data) used to explore and understand the issue of technology adoption, particularly with ageing populations as part of a proactive approach to implementing effective, continued and coordinated patient-centric care and self-management.