Usability and engagement with an online platform to support the self-management of symptoms and promote the wellbeing of people with cardiovascular disease (CVD)

Barley, Elizabeth, Clifton, Abbey, Enright, Aislinn, Lee, Geraldine, Norman, Ian, Richards, Derek and Sturt, Jackie (2014) Usability and engagement with an online platform to support the self-management of symptoms and promote the wellbeing of people with cardiovascular disease (CVD). International Journal of Integrated Care, 14 (8). ISSN 1568-4156

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Abstract

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of disability & mortality. Related conditions include: coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, peripheral arterial disease and vascular dementia. These are conditions that can be managed but not cured. Self-management is the core of effective treatment for CVDs, but can be compromised in the presence of co-morbid depression and anxiety, which has a greater prevalence in CVD patients than in the general population. Co-morbid depression and anxiety can also exacerbate the perceived severity of physical symptoms such as chest pain, breathlessness and fatigue; this commonly leads to increased primary care and emergency department attendance.

Access to effective psychological treatment for depression and anxiety for people with CVD (such as cognitive behavioural therapy delivered by the government’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapy services) is limited, waiting lists can be a problem and patients may be unwilling or unable to attend. Online-delivered interventions are a low-cost and non-stigmatising way of delivering therapy and self-management support and are easily accessed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Available under a CC BY 4.0 license.
Uncontrolled Keywords: cvd; online behavioural health; engagement; psychological distress
Subjects: Medicine and health
Psychology
Depositing User: Elizabeth Barley
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2017 08:20
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2017 08:23
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/3608

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