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SP0038 Harnessing the Potential of the Internet: Developing a Web-Based Self-Management Program for Adolescents with Arthritis
  1. J. N. Stinson1
  1. 1Child Health Evaluative Sciences, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada


With emerging interactive and communication technologies (e-health), especially the internet, new media for the delivery of psychological interventions to help youth learn how to self-manage chronic health conditions pain. The internet has emerged as one of the top health information resources and modes of social communication for young people and continues to be increasingly integrated into the provision of health care services. Dr. Stinson will discus the development, usability testing and preliminary evaluation of a web-based self-management program for youth with JIA using a sequential phased approach. These novel e-health interventions can be a first step in a stepped approach to provide education and psychological therapies to help children and their families learn to better manage their disease and ultimately improve health-related quality of life. Finally, Dr. Stinson will outline challenges and opportunities of e-health and future directions for research.

Disclosure of Interest None Declared

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