Ideating Mobile Health Behavioral Support for Compliance to Therapy for Patients with Chronic Disease: A Case Study of Atrial Fibrillation Management

Mor Peleg, Wojtek Michalowski, Szymon Wilk, Enea Parimbelli, Silvia Bonaccio, Dympna O’Sullivan, Martin Michalowski, Silvana Quaglini, Marc Carrier

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Poor patient compliance to therapy results in a worsening condition that often increases healthcare costs. In the MobiGuide project, we developed an evidence-based clinical decision-support system that delivered personalized reminders and recommendations to patients, helping to achieve higher therapy compliance. Yet compliance could still be improved and therefore building on the MobiGuide project experience, we designed a new component called the Motivational Patient Assistant (MPA) that is integrated within the MobiGuide architecture to further improve compliance. This component draws from psychological theories to provide behavioral support to improve patient engagement and thereby increasing patients’ compliance. Behavior modification interventions are delivered via mobile technology at patients’ home environments. Our approach was inspired by the IDEAS (Integrate, Design, Assess, and Share) framework for developing effective digital interventions to change health behavior; it goes beyond this approach by extending the Ideation phase’ concepts into concrete backend architectural components and graphical user-interface designs that implement behavioral interventions. We describe in detail our ideation approach and how it was applied to design the user interface of MPA for anticoagulation therapy for the atrial fibrillation patients. We report results of a preliminary evaluation involving patients and care providers that shows the potential usefulness of the MPA for improving compliance to anticoagulation therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Article number234
JournalJournal of Medical Systems
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2018

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  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Mobile health
  • Patient engagement
  • Trans-theoretical model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Health Information Management
  • Health Informatics
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)


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