Learning Objective 1: The learner will be able to have key ideas about innovative strategies to promote self-management among the patients with chronic disease.
Learning Objective 2: The learner will be able to get specific strategies to develop online self mangement program for the chronic hepatitis B patients in one's own country.
Methods: The online program was developed using prototyping approach and system developing life cycle method. The structure of the online program was based on self-management model theory for chronic disease patients. The program was evaluated by users for their satisfaction with the web-site and experts for the quality of the site. To evaluate application of the online program, knowledge and self-management compliance of the users were measured and compared before and after application of the online program for three weeks.
Results: The developed online program is registered at the web address: http://www.hepb.co.kr/. The main screen of the site is composed of six areas: introduction with intromovie; knowing exactly hepatitis B; lifelong health management; management of my liver health; bulletin board; and sharing board. There were statistically significant increases in knowledge and self-management compliance between pretest and posttest in the user group.
Conclusion: An online program with high accessibility and applicability including information, motivation, and behavior skill factors can promote self-management of the patient with chronic hepatitis B. Finding from this study allows Korean patients with chronic hepatitis B to engage in proactive and effective health management in the community or clinical practice.