A 55-year-old female patient diagnosed with osteoporosis experiences pain in their hips, wrists, and spine due to continuous bone fracturing. The painful feeling increases, making them unable to perform daily tasks and carry weights. The client does not smoke or drink, their diet is relatively healthy, and they have a sedentary lifestyle with no exercise routines. With a weight of 135 pounds and a height of 5 feet 7 inches, the patient has a thoracic and lumbar spine with a limited range of motion.
Patient education is crucial for osteoporosis treatment and prevention of severe development; therefore they must be taught about My Osteoporosis Manager application utilization, safety guidelines, and actionable strategies to apply.
- My Osteoporosis Manager app requires to include multiple approaches to support chronic disease management. Ravn Jakobsen et al. (2018) state that “several studies have underlined that a well-informed patient is more likely to participate in healthy behaviors and better to manage their conditions” (p. 330). Based on people with osteoporosis’s demands and lifestyle habits, they can check their DXA scan results, fill a daily journal, find treatments, support their conditions, and to-do lists for conscious decision-making.
- Safety guidelines are also in the My Osteoporosis Manager app, including the pain management approaches, tactics to evaluate it, contact buttons to reach Care Team, and workarounds for critical situations like bone breaking.
- Actionable strategies to improve patient outcomes are the changes in their diet, for example, adding foods high in calcium, and vitamin D supplements or enabling some specific exercise routines for prevention.
The three ways to determine and evaluate the success of the patient’s use of the My Osteoporosis Manager app are the following:
- Their general awareness about the disease, the outcomes, and preventative methods are increased, and it can be checked by talking to them during the next exam.
- Checklists and daily journals can help people with osteoporosis develop healthier habits, thus if they continuously track their actions in the app and then show the data to a physician, it is a sign of successful user experience (Ravn Jakobsen et al., 2018).
- Patients’ motivation to maintain healthy lifestyle increases and they can describe how the application influenced their life.
Ravn Jakobsen, P., Hermann, A. P., Søndergaard, J., Wiil, U. K., & Clemensen, J. (2018). Development of an mHealth application for women newly diagnosed with osteoporosis without preceding fractures: a participatory design approach. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15(2), 330. Web.