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EMPOWER--pathways for supporting the self-management of diabetes patients.

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Salzburg Research Forschungsgesellschaft, Salzburg, Austria.
Software Research, Development and Consultation Ltd., Ankara, Turkey.
Intracom Telecom, Athens, Greece.
Helmholtz Zentrum München, Neuherberg, Germany.
University of Lugano, Lugano, Switzerland.


Diabetes is a serious world-wide medical challenge and there is a recognised need for improved diabetes care outcomes. This paper describes results of the EMPOWER project, to foster the self-management of diabetes patients by integration of existing and new services offered to patients after having been diagnosed with diabetes. The Self-Management Pathway described in this paper helps patients in the specification of personalized activities based on medical recommendations and personal goals, as well as self-monitoring of the results. The whole process is supported by innovative ICT services that motivate patients to change their lifestyle and adhere to defined medication and activity plans. We describe the approach and present the findings of the validation phase in Germany and Turkey.

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