High Engagement of Patients Monitored by a Digital Health Ecosystem Indicates Significant Improvements of Key r-hGH Treatment Metrics
van Dommelen, P.
Le Masne, Q.
The early adoption of digital health solutions in the treatment of growth disorders has enabled the collection and analysis of more than 10 years of real-world data using the easypod™ connect platform. Using this rich dataset, we were able to study the impact of engagement on three key treatment-related outcomes: adherence, persistence of use, and growth. In total, data for 17,906 patients were available. The three features, regularity of injection (≤2h vs >2h), change of comfort setting (yes/no), and opting-in to receive injection reminders (yes/no), were used as a proxy for engagement. Patients were assigned to the low-engagement group (n=1,752) when all of their features had the low-engagement flag (>2h, no, no) and to the high-engagement group (n=1,081) when all of their features had the high-engagement flag (≤2h, yes, yes). The low-engagement group was down-sampled to 1,081 patients (subsample of n=37 for growth) using the iterative proportional fitting algorithm. Statistical tests were used to study the impact of engagement to the outcomes. The results show that all three outcomes were significantly improved by a factor varying from 1.8 up to 2.2 when the engagement level was high. These results should encourage the promotion of engagement and associated behaviors by both patients and healthcare professionals.
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Engagement impact on treatment
Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 281 (281), 829-833