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International Journal of Telemedicine and Applications
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 342582, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2011/342582
Research Article

Internet-Based Support for Cardiovascular Disease Management

1Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, The University of British Columbia, 855 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, Canada V5Z 1L7
2Department of Family Practice, Faculty of Medicine, The University of British Columbia, Suite 3300, 910 West 10th Avenue, Jim Pattison Pavilion North, Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver, BC, Canada V5Z 4E3
3British Columbia Alliance on Telehealth Policy and Research, Simon Fraser University, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6B 5K3
4Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6B 5K3

Received 30 December 2010; Revised 18 April 2011; Accepted 21 May 2011

Academic Editor: Guy Pare

Copyright © 2011 Sandra Jarvis-Selinger et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

With significant declines in cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality, attention has shifted to patient management. Programs designed to manage CVD require the involvement of health professionals for comanagement and patients' self-management. However, these programs are commonly limited to large urban centers, resulting in limited access for rural patients. The use of telehealth potentially overcomes geographical barriers and can improve access to care for patients. The current research explores how an Internet-based platform might facilitate collaboration among healthcare providers comanaging patients and enhance behavioural change in patients. Forty-eight participants were interviewed including: (a) patients ( ), (b) physicians ( ), (c) nurses ( ), and (d) allied health professionals ( ). The results were organized and analyzed in three central themes: (1) role of technology for CVD management, (2) challenges to technology adoption, and (3) incentives for technology adoption. Health care providers and patients supported future implementation of Internet-based technology support for CVD management.