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Mastery and autonomy in management of hypertension with a mobile self-report system

The project is conducted in collaboration with GPCC - University of Gothenburg Centre for Person-Centred Care (http://www.gpcc.gu.se/english) engaging researchers from the learning sciences, theory of science, nursing, health and care, and informatics.

In Sweden, 1.4 million persons are estimated to receive drug treatment because of hypertension in 2008, at a cost of 2.4 billion SEK. Although there is ample evidence that the incidence of cardiovascular complications of hypertension may be lowered through successful pharmacological treatment, there is also evidence that patients often do not follow health providers’ treatment recommendations. Non-adherence to properly prescribed medicines is a major global health problem.
The overall aim of this research program is to examine if a mobile phone-based self-report system, using the patient’s own mobile phone, will improve adherence to treatment of hypertension and lead to personal involvement of the patient in the treatment. Specific objectives are:

  • Analyze the patients' and health providers' expectations and experiences considering treatment of hypertension
  • Identify factors that can contribute to better communication between patients and health providers
  • Develop an interactive mobile phone-based system to support self-management of hypertension
  • Evaluate this system in clinical praxis

In this project we will identify concepts and development of conceptual framework via focus group interviews. We will also create questions for the PRO to be used in a mobile self-report system, and assess the developed questions for the PRO using a mobile phone in clinical praxis.

More about the project

For more information contact:

Karin Kjellgren (project leader and scientific leader), Institute of health and care sciences, University of Gothenburg, E-mail

Members of the project group

Other scientific leaders

Dick Kasperowski, Department of philosophy, linguistics and theory of science, University of Gothenburg
Åsa Mäkitalo, Department of education, communication and learning, University of Gothenburg
Charles Taft, Institute of health and care sciences, University of Gothenburg

Project group members

Mona Lundin, Department of education, communication and learning, University of Gothenburg
Agneta Ranerup, Department of Applied IT, University of Gothenburg
Mark Elam, Department of Sociology at the University of Gothenburg
Ulrika Bengtsson, PhD student, Institute of health and care sciences, University of Gothenburg
Inger Hallberg, postdoc, Institute of health and care sciences, University of Gothenburg
Mikael Hoffmann, Head of NEPI - Network for drug epidemiology (www.nepi.net)
Lena Ring, Centre for Research Ethics and Bioethics (CRB), Uppsala University
Stefan Höfer, Department of Medical Psychology
Innsbruck Medical University

Page Manager: Elin Johansson|Last update: 8/5/2014
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