The role of knowledge management and telehealth in patient self-management of chronic disorders: an ontological approach
Recently, many self-management systems are implemented using computerized information systems and various telehealth approaches such as phone calls, teleconferencing, e-mails, chats, and Web-based educational modules. The patient self-management process is often divided into three groups of tasks: medical management, life-role management, and emotional management. This paper takes an integrative approach to these tasks and concentrates on patients' mental health as essential factor in the success of chronic disorders self-management. It proposes an ontological framework for knowledge management and for the communication process in patient-focused care. The ontological model addresses the need for data, information, and knowledge interoperability in patient self-led care. This model, based on the World Wide Web Consortium's standard Web Ontology Language, OWL, identifies the necessary concepts required to coordinate and facilitate mental care and emotional support. (fragment of text)
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