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eMinor: How can we make eHealth support minors living with chronic diseases?


While studies have provided insights into the complexities of introducing eHealth technologies to adult patients and informed models for choosing or designing more flexible and individualized arrangements, little is known about eHealth for minors below the age of 16. Reviews speak to the potential of eHealth for minors but consistently demonstrate weak and mixed evidence. Sometimes the solutions are neglected by the users and sometimes you can’t see a positive effect on the disease management. Qualitative studies have suggested that there are other issues of concern when creating eHealth for minor patients. 

Project objectives

This project hypothesizes that this mix of evidence can partly be explained by the varying capacity of different eHealth technologies to resonate with every day self-management tactics. The purpose of the research is to establish scientific ground for meaningful technologies that increase minor patients’ opportunities, abilities and motivation for acting and taking responsibility for treatment, thus improving disease management in everyday life. The project will generate knowledge about what makes minors a special group for using technologies in everyday disease management, what are minors and their relatives’ self-initiated tactics for management and how do these correspond to developments in eHealth solutions for minors. The scientific results will serve as a basis from which practical and effective models can be drawn that will inform future eHealth initiatives for minors.


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Claudia Bagger-Petersen
PhD student
Department of Public Health


Henriette Langstrup
Associate Professor
Department of Public Health
20 JUNE 2021