Abstract—In the context of chronic diseases, in order to
guarantee a good quality of life, education is as important as the
patient's adherence to a specific therapy. Learning and training
processes in these contexts has a dual purpose, on the one hand,
to make the patient empowered in order to allow him to
recognize the behaviors that might compromise her/his health
and, secondly, to train non-specialist medical and paramedical
staffs on the procedures for diagnosis and patients follow-up to
provide an high quality service. In this context the UBICARE
project aims at creating a system that favors the
de-hospitalization of patients suffering from peritoneal dialysis
and chronic heart failure. The paper describes how the
e-learning can be fruitful for patient and medical staff training.
Index Terms—Distance education, social learning, e-health.
The authors are with Department of Computer Science, University of Bari, Via Orabona, 4, 70125 Bari, Italy (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite: P. Di Bitonto, F. Di Tria, T. Roselli, V. Rossano, and F. Berni, "Distance Education and Social Learning in e-Health," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 71-75, 2014.