CEO Thomas Timmers has in collaboration with several hospitals performed scientific research on the effect of increasing medical knowledge of patients by offering information in phases through an interactive app.
On this page we will give you some more detailed information on what "Shared Decision Making" is, how you can apply it in your hospital and elaborate on the results of the scientific study that was performed with Patient Journey App.
In modern healthcare the focus is more and more on "Shared Decision Making". The more medical knowledge the patient has on their disease and treatment options, the better he or she can take part in the process of making decisions together.
"Shared Decision Making" has a positive effect on patient satisfaction, therapy compliance and healthcare outcomes. Current patient education usually takes place via consults which are not always very efficient.
Several tools can be used to increase the possibility of taking part in "Shared Decision Making". We use an app but also online questionnaires or old-fashion flyers can be used to increase the knowledge of patients.
The scientific study that will be elaborated on below researches whether providing patients with information in a subdivided, categorized, and interactive manner via an educational app as Patient Journey App might increase the knowledge of their illness.
213 patients were included in the study. These patients were referred to one of six participating hospitals owing to knee complaints that were indicative of knee osteoarthritis. They received besides the standard information also the Patient Journey App which actively sends them information through push notifications one week before consultation.
A total of 122 patients were part of the control group and 91 of the intervention group. After the intervention, the actual level of knowledge of patients making use of the app was 52% higher than patients not using the app. In addition, the perceived level of knowledge of the app group increased 22%. The control group showed no increase.
From this scientific research can be concluded that actively offering patients information in a subdivided (per day), categorized (per theme), and interactive (video and quiz questions) manner significantly, increases the level of perceived knowledge and demonstrates a higher level of actual knowledge, compared with standard care educational practices. Thereby these patients are more equipped in taking part in "Shared Decision Making".
The research is published in het JMIR mHealth magazine. Read the abstract and full article here