One of the ways that the internet and healthcare intersect is telemedicine i.e. making use of medical services from a distance. Telemedicine has proved especially effective for giving individuals remote access to counseling tools for conditions like depression and anxiety. A recent study by the University of Southampton in the UK reveals that telemedicine tools is also effective in helping people lose weight. The telemedicine in question was the Positive Online Weight Reduction (POWeR)+ online program.
POWeR+ is an online behavioural intervention that is supported by brief contacts from a practice nurse. It teaches participants self-regulation and cognitive behavioural techniques to provide them with long-term, sustainable ways of forming healthy eating and exercise habits.
Although the benefits of in-person care are not going to be going anywhere anytime soon, it’s inspiring to know that more and more people can supplement their self-care with simple, technological methods like POWeR+.
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