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Identification of Important Factors Affecting Use of Digital Individualised Coaching and Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes in General Practice: A Qualitative Feasibility Study

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Research Unit of General Practice, Department of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark, 5000 Odense C, Denmark
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Research Unit of User Perspectives and Community-Based Interventions, Department of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark, 5000 Odense C, Denmark
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Steno Diabetes Center, Odense University Hospital, 5000 Odense C, Denmark
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Department of Internal Medicine and Steno Diabetes Center Zealand, Holbaek Hospital, 4300 Holbaek, Denmark
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Department for Regional Health Research, University of Southern Denmark, 5000 Odense C, Denmark
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Danish Center for Strategic Research in Type 2 Diabetes, Steno Diabetes Center Odense, Odense University Hospital, 5000 Odense C, Denmark
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Center for General Practice, Aalborg University, 9220 Aalborg, Denmark
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Liva Healthcare, 1434 Copenhagen, Denmark
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Academic Editor: Leigh A. Frame
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(8), 3924; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18083924
Received: 16 February 2021 / Revised: 31 March 2021 / Accepted: 5 April 2021 / Published: 8 April 2021
Most type 2 diabetes patients are treated in general practice and there is a need of developing and implementing efficient lifestyle interventions. eHealth interventions have shown to be effective in promoting a healthy lifestyle. The purpose of this study was to test the feasibility, including the identification of factors of importance, when offering digital lifestyle coaching to type 2 diabetes patients in general practice. We conducted a qualitative feasibility study with focus group interviews in four general practices. We identified two overall themes and four subthemes: (1) the distribution of roles and lifestyle interventions in general practice (subthemes: external and internal distribution of roles) and (2) the pros and cons for digital lifestyle interventions in general practice (subthemes: access to real life data and change in daily routines). We conclude that for digital lifestyle coaching to be feasible in a general practice setting, it was of great importance that the general practitioners and practice nurses knew the role and content of the intervention. In general, there was a positive attitude in the general practice setting towards referring type 2 diabetes patients to digital lifestyle intervention if it was easy to refer the patients and if easily understandable and accessible feedback was implemented into the electronic health record. It was important that the digital lifestyle intervention was flexible and offered healthcare providers in general practice an opportunity to follow the type 2 diabetes patient closely. View Full-Text
Keywords: type 2 diabetes; general practice; eHealth; lifestyle; qualitative; feasibility study type 2 diabetes; general practice; eHealth; lifestyle; qualitative; feasibility study
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Jakobsen, P.R.; Christensen, J.R.; Nielsen, J.B.; Søndergaard, J.; Ejg Jarbøl, D.; Olsen, M.H.; Nielsen, J.S.; Kristensen, J.K.; Brandt, C.J. Identification of Important Factors Affecting Use of Digital Individualised Coaching and Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes in General Practice: A Qualitative Feasibility Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 3924. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18083924

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Jakobsen PR, Christensen JR, Nielsen JB, Søndergaard J, Ejg Jarbøl D, Olsen MH, Nielsen JS, Kristensen JK, Brandt CJ. Identification of Important Factors Affecting Use of Digital Individualised Coaching and Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes in General Practice: A Qualitative Feasibility Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(8):3924. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18083924

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Jakobsen, Pernille R.; Christensen, Jeanette R.; Nielsen, Jesper B.; Søndergaard, Jens; Ejg Jarbøl, Dorte; Olsen, Michael H.; Nielsen, Jens S.; Kristensen, Jette K.; Brandt, Carl J. 2021. "Identification of Important Factors Affecting Use of Digital Individualised Coaching and Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes in General Practice: A Qualitative Feasibility Study" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 18, no. 8: 3924. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18083924

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