Cover: Patient Compliance With and Attitudes Towards Health Buddy™

Patient Compliance With and Attitudes Towards Health Buddy™

Published 2000

by James H. Bigelow, Shan Cretin, Matthew D. Solomon, Shin-Yi Wu, Julie Cherry, Herb Cobb, Michael O'Connell


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This report discusses patient acceptance of a device called Health Buddy™. Placed in the home of a chronically ill patient, this device enables two-way communication between the patient and a care provider in a case management program. Because communication occurs via Health Buddy when the patient responds to a short automated survey of perhaps a dozen questions, the patient's acceptance of Health Buddy and his or her willingness to use it daily is crucial to its success.

The study was conducted within RAND Health.

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