Interactive Dialogue-Based Patient Education for Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis Using Argument Theory

Stud Health Technol Inform. 2018;247:546-550.


Families of children with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis need a way to interact with Patient Education Materials (PEM) so that learning occurs at their own pace, on topics that are relevant to them. This paper proposes a novel, dialogue-based approach to address these needs. Using an extended version of Toulmin's model of argument as a theory-based classification method, we digitized paper-based PEM to render an interactive dialogue. The dialogue allows the user to explore a topic with respect to their interests and apprehensions as opposed to providing a static, generic document.

Keywords: Argument Theory; Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis; Patient Education.

MeSH terms

  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis, Juvenile*
  • Humans
  • Patient Education as Topic*
  • Simulation Training*