Identifying Personal Goals of Patients With Long Term Condition: A Service Design Thinking Approach

Stud Health Technol Inform. 2017;244:93-97.


Care for patients with long term conditions is often characterized as fragmented and ineffective, and fails to engage the resources of patients and their families in the care process. Information and communication technology can potentially help bridge the gap between patients' lives and resources and services provided by professionals. However, there is little attention on how to identify and incorporate the patients' individual needs, values, preferences and care goals into the digitally driven care settings. We conducted a case study with healthcare professionals and patients participated applying a service design thinking approach. The participants could elaborate some personal goals of patients with long term condition which can potentially be incorporated in digitally driven care plans using examples from their own experiences.

Keywords: Patients with long term conditions; digital care plans; personal goals.

MeSH terms

  • Communication*
  • Goals*
  • Health Personnel*
  • Humans
  • Thinking