Title

PERSONAL DYNAMIC FEEDBACK IN ACQUIRING INFORMATION: IT'S INFLUENCE ON HEALTH BEHAVIOR

Abstract

The medical world attempts these days to empower patients so they can take responsibility over their medical condition. For that purpose patients need relevant information. But information by itself is not sufficient; patients must also be motivated to change their attitudes and behavior.
We argue that the way information is delivered during usage of medical information system affects both comprehension and motivation to implement the medical advice.
In this research we suggest a specific kind of feedback that encourages the patient to move from a passive behavior to an active one. We call this feedback: Personal-Dynamic Feedback (PDF).
By providing the motivation to practically implement information that is shown in an information system, we breach the common borders of information systems, and provide an added value for their use.
We believe the model suggested in this paper can be generalized and be applied with proper graphic design adjustments to personal medical information systems of different chronic diseases and different cases of self-managed chronic patients.
Two pilot lab-studies are described, both conducted to prepare for the main experiment with patients suffering from chronic disease.

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