RheumaBuddy – Mobile App
RheumaBuddy is a new free app for people with JIA that helps young people and parents with young children get a better understanding of what influences the good or the bad days – and with this understanding, increase the number of good days.
The app is suitable for young people over the age of 16 years to use independently if they wish and for parents with younger children under 16 years to use together. The pain body-map allows you to pin point and note specific areas of pain. You can also log sleep, exercise and hours of work or school. It is also possible to chat with other patients and learn from their experiences.
RheumaBuddy is an app to support you with ‘self-management’. In other words, the app helps you to gain greater control of your (or your child’s) JIA. By getting a better overview and discovering patterns you can figure out what you can do to influence the disease in a more positive direction. The app enables you to share the findings with your rheumatologist - RheumaBuddy is a perfect tool to document the development in your disease since your last visit. On top of that, the app also has a buddy function. In an online community for users of RheumaBuddy, you can ask for help, seek advice or maybe offer to help your peers or other parents when you or your child has a good day. If you do not feel like sharing with every RheumaBuddy you can connect with chosen ‘buddies’.
It's your personal diary
Day by day, or when it suits, you register how you are affected or if you are a parent, how your child is affected by JIA. As a result, you will get a better understanding of the different factors that affect the disease.
How is your day?
Use the barometer to register how you or if you are a parent, your child feels regarding pain, tiredness and mood. You can also use a pain map to pin point where on the body it hurts most.
You remember it all
Choose between written notes, sound files and pictures to document your day or if you are a parent, your child’s day. Then you do not have to remember everything yourself, especially when you visit the rheumatologist.
A great overview
The daily records result in a rewarding overview after a longer period. For example, statistics will show you the connection between pain, mood and level of energy/activities.
Exact information for your specialist
You can easily show the rheumatologist how you or if you are a parent, your child has been since the last visit – and not just how you/they feel on the day of the check-up. That ensures a better and more targeted treatment.
Safely share tips and advice with other people that have JIA. For example, use the app to get a helping hand or supportive word on a bad day and give something in return on a good day.
The app helps young people and parents with young children get a better understanding of what influences the good or the bad days – and with this understanding, increase the number of good days.
For Healthcare Professionals
RheumaBuddy is a new free app designed by Daman in Denmark which helps young people and parents with young children with JIA get a better understanding of what influences the good or the bad days. It is a self-management tool designed to achieve a unique insight into their (or their child’s) own condition – and thereby how they can become motivated to break bad habits and adjust their life in a more positive direction.
To professionals, RheumaBuddy is also an advantage. The foundation for supporting and treating the individual patient becomes stronger. Often at visits to the specialist, patients have trouble describing in detail how they have been feeling since last time. That does not leave you, the specialist, with a true and fair view of their general condition.
In contrast, when your patient uses this app you will get a holistic insight instead of a snapshot.
You receive more information and a better understanding of how your patient has really been. That provides you with the opportunity to target the treatment of your patient.
To find out more about the app, visit www.rheumabuddy.com