A patient-focused framework integrating self-management and informatics

Elizabeth P. Knight, Kimberly Shea

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Purpose: This article introduces a framework to (a) guide chronic illness self-management interventions through the integration of self-management and nursing informatics, (b) focus self-management research, and (c) promote ethical, patient-empowering technology use by practicing nurses. Methods: Existing theory and research focusing on chronic illness, self-management, health-enabling technology, and nursing informatics were reviewed and examined and key concepts were identified. A care paradigm focusing on concordance, rather than compliance, served as the overall guiding principle. Findings: This framework identifies key relationships among self-management (patient behaviors), health force (patient characteristics), and patient-defined goals. The role of health-enabling technology supporting these relationships is explored in the context of nursing informatics. Conclusions: The Empowerment Informatics framework can guide intervention design and evaluation and support practicing nurses' ethical use of technology as part of self-management support. Clinical Relevance: Nurses worldwide provide support to patients who are living with chronic illnesses. As pressures related to cost and access to care increase, technology-enabled self-management interventions will become increasingly common. This patient-focused framework can guide nursing practice using technology that prioritizes patient needs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)91-97
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Nursing Scholarship
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Chronic disease
  • Chronic illness
  • Framework
  • Informatics
  • Patient-focused
  • Self-management
  • Technology
  • Theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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