Use of digital devices in coaching of patients – a pilot study

Gitte Thybo Pihl, Jette Ammentorp

Research output: Contribution to conference without publisher/journalPosterCommunication


A growing demand on personalized medicine calls for innovative methods to optimize treatment of the patient. We have hypothesized that self-tracking in combination with coaching can empower the patient to take more responsibility for their illness and life in general. Moreover, we hypothesised that it could optimise the treatment and improve health of the patient.
The idea was to empower the patient by:
developing an easy method of collecting patient related data.
Teach and motivate the patient to change life style on basis of chosen goals and collected data.
A pilot study has been conducted in 2016 with the aim of developing the intervention when it comes to individual adjustment of the mobile app and wearables, and form and standard of coaching.
Two patients with chronic diseases were included in the pilot study. One patient with prostate cancer and one patient with urolithiasis.
The intervention consisted of a self-tracking app and a Bluetooth button in addition to frequent health coaching sessions conducted by a nurse. The coaching were based on a holistic approach and focused on clarifying what was important for the patient to achieve or to work with.
The aim of this poster was to describe the first experiences from a pilot study, and to discuss the new questions and perspectives in communication research.
Original languageDanish
Publication date5. Sept 2017
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 5. Sept 2017
EventEACH Summerevent - Regent's University, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 4. Sept 20176. Sept 2017


WorkshopEACH Summerevent
LocationRegent's University
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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