Self-management of Vascular Patients Activated by the Internet and Nurses: Rationale and Design

  • Bertine M. B. Goessens
  • Frank L. J. Visseren
  • Alexander C. Geerts
  • Judith Wierdsma
  • Hubertus W. van den Borne
  • Ale Algra
  • Yolanda van der Graaf
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3962)


Background: Vascular risk factors are often poorly managed. A multifactor approach with the aid of nurse practitioners (NPs) is more beneficial for achieving treatment goals of risk factors than achieved with usual care in patients with cardiovascular disease (CVD). Objective: In the SPAIN pilot-study, we want to implement and test a secure personalized website with additional treatment and coaching of a NP for risk factors in patients with CVD. Fifty patients are going to use the patient-specific website for six months. At study begin; realistic treatment goal(s) for elevated risk factors are made between patients and the NP. Patients can enter new measurements and are stimulated to keep regular e-mail contact. The NP personally replies during working days and gives regular but protocol driven feedback and support. Data will be collected on login attempts, amount of messages, risk factor levels before and after intervention and on beliefs. Determinants of changing behaviour are collected. Results: The results can be expected at the beginning of 2007. Conclusion: This pilot-study will give insight in feasibility and satisfaction of patients and NP in electronically treatment of risk factors. Also information on the course of risk factors will be available.


Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Vascular Risk Factor Risk Factor Management Risk Factor Level Multifactor Approach 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bertine M. B. Goessens
    • 1
  • Frank L. J. Visseren
    • 2
  • Alexander C. Geerts
    • 1
  • Judith Wierdsma
    • 2
  • Hubertus W. van den Borne
    • 3
  • Ale Algra
    • 1
    • 4
  • Yolanda van der Graaf
    • 1
  1. 1.Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary CareUMC UtrechtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Internal Medicine, Section of Vascular MedicineUMC UtrechtThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Health educationUniversity MaastrichtThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Rudolph Magnus Institute for Neuroscience, Department of NeurologyUMC UtrechtThe Netherlands

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