Continuing the quality improvement of an electronic personal health record and interactive website for people with diabetes in Scotland (My Diabetes My Way)

Cathy Shields (Lead / Corresponding author), Nicholas T. Conway, Brian Allardice, Deborah J. Wake, Scott G. Cunningham

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Abstract

Aims: eHealth applications have the potential to enable patients to take more control over managing their own health, helping to delay and prevent complications. My Diabetes My Way (MDMW) is an electronic personal health record/educational platform available to people with diabetes in Scotland. This study aims to assess user experience with respect to demographic subgroups, examine effectiveness of previous improvements made to the platform and inform its ongoing development. Methods: All active MDMW users (22,665) were invited to take part in a questionnaire combining Likert scale and free-response items relating to system utility. Likert responses were used to generate a ‘utility score’. This was used in regression analyses to determine predictors of system utility scoring. Free-response answers were analysed thematically and themes were generated. Results: A total of 4713 (21%) MDMW users responded to the questionnaire. Most agreed that MDMW helps them to track changes over time, prepare for face-to-face consultations, remember information discussed in consultations and reduced the need to contact their general practitioner. Free-response answers showed that users valued earlier enhancements made to the site (e.g. linking Fitbit data), and highlighted areas needing further improvement. Evidence of the ‘digital divide’ was seen in respondent demographics, and some users mentioned ‘lack of digital skills' as a barrier to engaging with the platform. Conclusions: User experience of MDMW was positive. Users agreed with statements that MDMW facilitates diabetes self management. Several areas of potential improvement were identified, including linking more wearable device data, and assisting/directing users to gain the digital skills required to engage fully with MDMW.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere15085
Number of pages12
JournalDiabetic Medicine
Volume40
Issue number7
Early online date15 Mar 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2023

Keywords

  • diabetes mellitus
  • digital skills
  • eHealth
  • electronic personal health record
  • patient portal
  • self management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

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