As demand for high quality care increases, the transition towards telemedicine and behaviour modification, particularly with at-risk groups, is becoming crucial and the norm. Fuelled by the coronavirus pandemic, the health industry is witnessing increased innovation and application of technology.
Self-management of immune-mediated inflammatory diseases (IMIDs) is a complex challenge, relying on effective behaviour change within areas of lifestyle and wellbeing. A digital intervention that can facilitate self-management and long-lasting behaviour change is well placed to help individuals to manage their inflammatory condition and improve their quality of life.
Development of Digital Behaviour Change Interventions (DBCIs) to facilitate lifestyle and wellbeing behaviour changes provides a valuable opportunity to support people living with IMIDs.
Ampersand Health has developed its Unified Approach to Digital Behaviour Change Interventions (for IMIDs) to create app-based Lifestyle and Wellbeing Courses for those living with inflammatory conditions. By supporting people living with IMIDs remotely, Ampersand Health can help the NHS to manage capacity and flow, moving towards patient-initiated follow up and improving remote monitoring of patients who are being seen less frequently.
Ampersand Health’s digital solutions have the potential to prolong healthy periods of remission for those living with inflammatory conditions and support their quality of life beyond routine clinical consultations.
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Professor Susan Michie
Developer of the Behaviour Change Wheel approach and Professor of Health Psychology & Director of Centre for Behaviour Change, UCL
"I am delighted to see the Behaviour Change Wheel being used to develop digital behaviour change interventions for those living with long term conditions. The translation of behaviour change evidence and theory into the design of such interventions is what can help us work towards more positive health and wellbeing outcomes for those with life-long inflammatory conditions."
Dr Lindsay Bottoms
Reader and Researcher in Exercise and Health Physiology
"Overall, the courses are brilliant. It’s even more important to stay active right now for people with IBD as moderate exercise boosts your immune system. Also, mental health-wise - exercise will have a very powerful effect during the current situation."
‘The Spoonie Mummy’, lives with numerous chronic health conditions including Arthritis and Crohn’s Disease.
‘Very happy with how the courses are delivered and I look forward to many more. I think this is a great idea for people with IBD. Not many people look into their general wellbeing and this app helps people do that’.
Dr Yeliz Prior
Occupational Therapist, Researcher and Vice President for British Society for Rheumatology.
"For all of the topics we cover, we look into the evidence-base that explores how these techniques work for people living with inflammatory arthritis. This makes this course different from other general lifestyle or wellbeing courses you may have tried elsewhere. The courses have been co-created with clinical experts, behaviour scientists and patients living with arthritis to ensure they are appropriate and tailored to the needs of people with inflammatory arthritis. Our commitment is to provide easy to follow, practical courses to help you manage your arthritis."
Athlete and Physiotherapist living with Crohn’s Disease.
"The app encourages you to reflect on how you feel which is good motivation to carry on. It made me happier to be more active, more relaxed and less stressed out.”
Dr Gareth Parkes
PhD, FRCP, Consultant and Clinical Lead for Gastroenterology, Royal London Hospital, Barts Health NHS Trust, Honorary Senior Lecturer in Immunobiology, QMUL
"Social prescribing and digitally supported self care are a big part of the NHS’s direction of travel when it comes to long term conditions. And from a clinician’s perspective, the fact that I can now signpost my patients to programmes that will support them to learn about - and take more responsibility for - their condition is very powerful"