Leveraging the IoT to Enable the Guided Self-Determination Method

  • Nilmini Wickramasinghe
  • Bodil Rasmussen
  • Freimut Bodendorf
  • Vibeke Zoffmann
  • Lars Kayser
  • Judy Currey
Part of the Healthcare Delivery in the Information Age book series (Healthcare Delivery Inform. Age)


Today, chronic conditions such as diabetes, obesity and cancer and mental health are dominating the healthcare agendas of most, if not all, OECD countries and many developing countries. The strategies and techniques adopted to effectively treat infectious disease appear not to be as effective in combating these chronic conditions such that the incidence of diabetes, obesity and cancer and mental health are increasing exponentially. Clearly new approaches to care must be developed if we are to address chronic conditions effectively and enable sufferers to still enjoy a high quality of life. This chapter presents the Guided Self-Determination Method as one such approach and illustrates this approach with pilot data from an Australian case study. In addition, a growing opportunity for leveraging the tools and technologies of the IoT (Internet of Things) is highlighted.


Guided self-determination (GSD) Chronic conditions Patient empowerment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nilmini Wickramasinghe
    • 1
    • 2
  • Bodil Rasmussen
    • 3
  • Freimut Bodendorf
    • 4
  • Vibeke Zoffmann
    • 5
  • Lars Kayser
    • 6
  • Judy Currey
    • 7
  1. 1.Epworth HealthCareRichmondAustralia
  2. 2.Swinburne University of TechnologyHawthornAustralia
  3. 3.Deakin University & Western HealthMelbourneAustralia
  4. 4.Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-NurembergErlangenGermany
  5. 5.Juliane Marie Centret, Rigshospitalet, Women’s and Children’s Health and University of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark
  6. 6.University of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark
  7. 7.Deakin UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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