Computer-mediated environments for patients with type 2 diabetes

Added July 15, 2020

Citation: Lewinski AA, Fisher EB. Social interaction in type 2 diabetes computer-mediated environments: How inherent features of the channels influence peer-to-peer interaction. Chronic illness. 2016 Jun;12(2):116-44.

What is this? The COVID-19 pandemic is placing a strain on healthcare services, healthcare workers and patients. Existing evidence on remote patient social support and self-management programs for patients with chronic illness such as diabetes might provide useful information to help with this.

In this integrative review, the authors searched for studies on the features of a computer-mediated environment and its influence on the social interactions among individuals with type 2 diabetes.  They restricted their searches to articles published in English between 1990 and January 2014. They included 11 studies.

What was found: In the studies included in this review, computer-based environments provided supportive social interactions and encouraged personalised self-management for people with type 2 diabetes.

In the studies included in this review, drawbacks to computer-based environments included difficulty discussing sensitive issues, potential for low participation without moderator presence and technical or functional challenges that limited participation.


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