8. Glossary/references


Digital tools: devices, apps or services that involve or relate to the use of computer or online technology.

Apps: also known as mobile applications. They are programmes that you can access on smartphones or tablets.

Assistive technology: technology that supports disabled people or people with restricted mobility or other impairments. It helps with tasks that might otherwise be difficult.

Games: interactive activities, that are often fun to engage in.

Home adaptation: helps people with limited mobility or additional needs. They are assistive technologies, for example, a personal alarm. They help people to live more independently or safely at home.

Home sensors: devices that can monitor aspects of your environment. For example, movement, air quality etc.

Occupational therapists: they specialise in activities and tasks that are important to you. They help you to manage these every-day.

Online counselling: individual or group counselling. It can be accessed on the web.

Online peer support: advice and support from other individuals like you. It can be accessed on the web, on platforms such as discussion forums or blogs.

Online programmes: structured activities. You can access these and take part in them on the web.

Online training: structured and guided activities you can access and take part in on the web. They have a learning outcome associated with them.

Tele-monitoring tool: devices, apps or programmes that you can use to send information. The information is about your health and wellbeing. It is sent to a support worker or health professional.

Virtual reality: an immersive environment created with the help of special goggles. The goggles can make you feel like you are in a virtual space.

Wearables: devices that you wear and which track certain aspects of your lifestyle or health. For example, steps, heart rate etc.

Websites: online pages or portals. You can access relevant information by visiting these.


Academic articles / research news

Ainsworth B, Greenwell K, Stuart B, et al. Feasibility trial of a digital self-management intervention ‘My Breathing Matters’ to improve asthma-related quality of life for UK primary care patients with asthma. BMJ Open 2019;9:e032465. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-032465

Downey, A. Data sharing in health apps ‘far from transparent’, BMJ research warns. Digital Health

Downey, A. Period tracking apps caught sharing medical data with Facebook. Digital Health

Turner, A. et al. An evaluation of a self-management program for patients with long-term conditions. Patient Education and Counseling, Volume 98, Issue 2, 2015, Pages 213-219.

BMJ. Data sharing by popular health apps is routine and far from transparent.

Dack, C. et al.  A digital self-management intervention for adults with type 2 diabetes: Combining theory, data and participatory design to develop HeLP-Diabetes. Internet Interventions, Volume 17, 2019, 100241.

Grundy Q, et al. Data sharing practices of medicines related apps and the mobile ecosystem: traffic, content, and network analysis .BMJ 2019; 364 :l920 doi:10.1136/bmj.l920

Morton, K. et al. Using digital interventions for self-management of chronic physical health conditions: A meta-ethnography review of published studies. Patient Education and Counseling, Volume 100, Issue 4, 2017, Pages 616-635.

Morton, K. et al. Using digital interventions for self-management of chronic physical health conditions: A meta-ethnography review of published studies. Patient Education and Counseling, Volume 100, Issue 4, 2017, Pages 616-635.

Martin F, et al.  Help to Overcome Problems Effectively for Cancer Survivors: Development and Evaluation of a Digital Self-Management Program. J Med Internet Res. 2020 May 19;22(5):e17824. doi: 10.2196/17824.

McLean, G. et al. on behalf of the DIPSS co-investigators. Digital interventions to promote self-management in adults with hypertension systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Hypertension: April 2016 - Volume 34 - Issue 4 - p 600-612.

National Institute for Health And Care Excellence. Guideline. Behaviour change: digital and mobile health interventions

Slater H, et al.  Evaluation of Digital Technologies Tailored to Support Young People’s Self-Management of Musculoskeletal Pain: Mixed Methods Study. J Med Internet Res 2020;22(6):e18315


Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Digital Interventions

Care Information Scotland. Equipment and adaptions/telecare

Carers UK. Where to find technology

Cares UK. What can technology do for you?

Health Foundation. A practical guide to self-management support

Near Me Scot

NHS Ayrshire and Arran. Florence telehealth Monitoring

NHS Highland. Technology Enabled Care

NHS inform. Sexual health services online appointments booking system

NHS inform. Technology Enabled Care

NHS inform. Tools and apps

RNIB. Technology support we offer

Telecare Self-Check Online Tool

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  1. About / How to use this guide
  2. The big picture
  3. Digital tools for self management
  4. Digital NHS services
  5. Technology enabled care
  6. Safeguarding and self-evaluation
  7. Glossary and references

About the ALLIANCE

The Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) is the national third sector intermediary for a range of health and social care organisations. We have a growing membership of over 3,000 national and local third sector organisations, associates in the statutory and private sectors, disabled people, people living with long term conditions and unpaid carers.

The ALLIANCE vision is for a Scotland where people of all ages who are disabled or living with long term conditions, and unpaid carers, have a strong voice and enjoy their right to live well, as equal and active citizens, free from discrimination, with support and services that put them at the centre.

Since 2018, we have managed the Discover Digital project, with support from the Scottish Government Digital Health and Care and the Technology Enabled Care divisions.

Last reviewed: 28/02/2023

Author(s): The ALLIANCE.

Version: 2.0

Author email(s): DHCscot@alliance-scotland.org.uk.