This paper discusses how a tele-rehabilitation program using home tele-monitoring may empower patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The paper is based on preliminary findings from an ongoing research and innovation project, called “Tele-homecare, chronic patients and the integrated healthcare system” (the TELEKAT project) that employs triple interventions related to patients, professionals, and the organization of care. The ways COPD patients make use of home tele-monitoring in the TELEKAT project points to the relevance of a concept of empowerment rooted in ideologies of social action, and focusing on the improvement of both personal and social conditions at the intersection of individual, organizational and community development.
Huniche L, Dinesen B, Grann O, Toft E, Nielsen C. Empowering patients with COPD using Tele-homecare technology [Internet]. In: Blobel B, Hvannberg EÞ, Gunnarsdóttir V, editors. Seamless Care – Safe Care. Reykjavik, Iceland: IOSPress; 2010. p. 48-54.