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

Stud Health Technol Inform. 2015;212:159-66.


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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Decision Support Systems, Clinical / organization & administration*
  • Diabetes Mellitus / diagnosis*
  • Diabetes Mellitus / therapy*
  • Electronic Health Records / organization & administration*
  • Germany
  • Humans
  • Patient Participation / methods
  • Self Care / methods*
  • Turkey
  • User-Computer Interface*