The use of e-Health within health care seems to contribute to better care. In short, e-Health is the use of new information and communication technologies, and primarily Internet technology, for the purpose of supporting or enhancing health and health care. E-Health can be used in great many areas in order to not only make care more accessible, effective and efficient, but also to improve information provision and clients' self-management as well as to enhance their insight into their own care process. e-Health can also supplement and improve the communication between professionals and clients.
Yet, little scientific research has been conducted into the application of e-Health within physiotherapy. That is why the Research Centre of Innovations in Care is about to examine the possibilities of applying e-Health in physiotherapy, so physiotherapists can work more efficiently and clients can deal with it more easily.
The project starts with an orientation stage, in which physiotherapists’ actual questions and needs in the area of e-Health are explored. A few focus group meetings are organised with physiotherapists who have gained, or are willing to gain experience with e-Health. The results of this focus group meeting will be used to further design the research project into e-Health within physiotherapy.
Assigned by an e-Health web platform supplier, research will be conducted together by students about the user experiences of physiotherapists and their clients. An analysis into the characteristics of clients who should, or should not, be offered the e-Health application will also be made.
Furthermore, a systematic review will be performed in which scientifically researched e-Health applications available in primary health care and their (potential) added value and effects will be mapped out.