PATHway

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PATHway
“Technology enabled behavioural change as a pathway towards better self-management of CVD”
 
Period: 2015-2018

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PATHway proposes a radically novel approach to Cardiac Rehabilitation (CR) that will ensure a paradigm shift towards empowering patients to more effectively self-manage their Cardiovascular Disease (CVD), set within a collaborative care context with health professionals.

 


CVD is the leading cause of premature death (30% of all deaths) and disability in Europe and worldwide, costing the EU economy almost EUR 196 billion a year. With changing demographics and deteriorating lifestyle this situation will worsen considerably.

While effective CR improves mortality and morbidity rates, uptake of community-based CR, which represents the long-term rehabilitation phase (III), is very low across member state (approx. 11%). Numbers are further diminished by low subsequent adherence rates. Key reasons for this include: severe lack of programmes, travel time, scheduling issues, lack of peer mentoring and low self-efficacy associated with poor exercise technique and perceived poor ‘body image’ (not wanting to exercise with large groups of ‘strangers’).

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PATHway has the potential to deliver significant cost savings to the healthcare system, and direct more appropriate utilization of healthcare resources.

This will be achieved via a patient-centric holistic approach that specifically addresses the above barriers. PATHway will provide individualized rehabilitation programs that use regular, socially inclusive exercise sessions as the basis upon which to provide a personalized, comprehensive lifestyle intervention program (managing exercise/physical activity (PA), smoking, diet, stress management, alcohol use etc.) to enable patients to both better understand and deal with their own condition and to lead a healthier lifestyle in general.

This will be made possible by the provision of an internet-enabled, sensor-based home exercise platform that allows remote participation in CR exercise programs at any time, either by one-self or by a small number of patients, from the comfort of their own living room.

 

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