Sarıgül, Bünyamin
While the number of chronic disease patients are increasing with the aging population, their complex treatments are a burden in today’s healthcare systems both economically and technically. Integrated care systems are one of the most powerful modern technologies to overcome these difficulties and provide more efficient treatments. Integrated care enables planning the chronic disease treatments in a sustainable and collaborative way for healthcare professionals from various disciplinaries. It also helps care providers to make more accurate decisions by ensuring data integrity. While the integrated care systems help healthcare professionals in the care planning, there are just as many challenges in the patient side as well. Patients can suffer in understanding or performing their treatment plan, or they may need adjustments as their health conditions change. Patient Empowerment is an integrated care systems approach based-on active participation of patients by educating them to have self-management skills and allowing them to provide relevant information that affect the care planning. ADLIFE is a European Commission funded integrated care solution for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and chronic heart failure. The pilot study of the project will be conducted on 7 pilot sites where 577 healthcare professionals and nearly 1000 patients will be participated. This thesis is mainly focused on the Patient Empowerment part of the ADLIFE project and the underlying technologies.


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Citation Formats
B. Sarıgül, “IMPLEMENTATION OF A PATIENT EMPOWERMENT PLATFORM FOR INTEGRATED CARE,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2022.