The Manage Your Health app (previously Patient Update to Hand) is a best practice information and planning guide for patients with common long term conditions (asthma, COPD, back pain, type 2 diabetes) to enhance patients’ understanding of their conditions, thus motivating them to make behaviour changes, set goals, take more responsibility and adhere to best practice treatment.
The app programme has seen the prototype for the COPD app ready for trial and evaluation by patients with COPD, with the generic and specific material for the other three conditions - asthma, back pain and type 2 diabetes - now completed. The framework and delivery elements of the app have also been completed.
The Manage Your Health app is now free to download and listed on Apple App Store, Google Play and Amazon App Store.
- The prototype for the COPD app is ready for trial and evaluation by patients with COPD who have been recruited for this purpose; the generic and specific material for the other three conditions is nearing completion. The framework and delivery elements of the app are completed.
- As the programme was unable to proceed with the licence to use the best practice resources of the expected partner (GP Update) after WMAHSN obtained legal advice from MidTech, the School of Pharmacy at Keele University was engaged instead to develop the app. This brought a strong learning ethos based on the Kolb cycle that underpins the ePortfolio design with expertise in health literacy and potential connections with industry.
- A mystery shopper initiative to check amount of paracetamol (for pain) that anyone can purchase over the counter from non-pharmacy shops found that over 20% of non-pharmacy shops sold more paracetamol than the legal limit.
- Capture of patient outcomes is included in the evaluation for rollout across West Midlands CCGs after initial evaluation completed (numbers of repeat medication, admissions to hospital, use of A&E, numbers of general practice consultations, prevention of exacerbations, meeting of patient-set goals).
Dr Ruth Chambers
t: 0121 371 8061