Long Term Care

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With increased life expectancy, the number of elderly persons in the Norwegian population has increased considerably over the past decade. But on the other hand, the prevalence of age related chronic diseases and disabilities have also increased in the aging population, which indeed is a challenge to the existing health care system [10]. In the ageing population with an increasing number of patients with long-term conditions (LTC) the need for long-term care is also increasing. Hence the health care system will need to change focus from one-time acute interventions to management of multiple disease and disabilities: professionals and patients should reorganize into teams and encourage patient involvement in order to cope with LTC effectively. …show more content…

During two decades since then many telemedical projects have focused on user participation in improving quality of care [13]. However in a real clinical setting, the patients’ voice is often unheard. Gro Berntsen and her team [14] in their report in the Norwegian context points out that: “In long-term conditions, the patient's own efforts are crucial for treatment success, but there is no systematic identification and support of patients’ own resources. All collaboration between professionals concern patients, yet the health care system continues to ignore that the patient is the hub of all interaction and coordination.” She also highlights the need to better co-ordinate patient care; especially through the long-term treatment care …show more content…

Development of Users’ Role Before, medical professionals used their skills and knowledge to make decisions for their patients but over the past years, patients’ access to information and changing culture and policies, a process of partnership is emerging [16]. Medical decision-making process has become more of a joint partnership between the physician and the patient. Today patients are part of the self-managing care; they collaborate with their service providers and participate in the health care policy reforms [17]. Their role has shifted from just a case to an equal partner in clinical decision-making. They can act as valuable source of information in a clinical trial, for assessment and evaluation of health care service and development and for research initiations (experience and need

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