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Innovation for a Sustainable Healthcare:: How can patients improve their own healthcare?
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Production Engineering.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

As the demographic pictures is changing across the Western world, healthcare costs are growing at unsustainable rates. In order to sustain the healthcare we’re used to in the Western world, new healthcare deliver strategies must be implemented. As the average person grows older, chronic diseases hit more people, requiring costly treatments for a growing part of the population. A successful approach could address the problem of medical adherence, together with increasing awareness among patients through increased involvement. During the last century, the healthcare industry has received vast amounts of technological and medical innovations. However, the interaction between the patient and the doctor has very much remained the same. Is it possible that an increase in patient involvement can lead to improved healthcare outcomes? And further, how would they be able to become more involved? Through a qualitative study involving interviews with experts in the field, ideas were shared on how patient involvement can benefit both the patient and the healthcare, followed by how this involvement can takeplace. Results involved the medical delivery strategy of P4 Medicine, closely related to the concept of Personalized Medicine. These theories advise the patients to take a much more active role in the healthcare. It encourages a shift from the reactive to the proactive healthcare, leading to a new view of the healthcare as a lifelong partner. The conclusion drawn included that patient involvement is an important step towards a much cheaper and effective healthcare. With more data-mining and smarter systems, more people are able to develop services that can improve life for both patients and health professionals.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 28 p.
, Examensarbete inom industriell produktion, grundnivå, 249
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Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-129269OAI: diva2:651246
Available from: 2013-09-27 Created: 2013-09-25 Last updated: 2013-09-27Bibliographically approved

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