The Fibromyalgia Association of Sweden (Fibromyalgiförbundet)
The Fibromyalgia Association of Sweden (Fibromyalgiförbundet) has been granted money from a state fund to run a project that will benefit those suffering from fibromyalgia. The goal of the project is to develop an interactive digital platform which will serve as a forum to share information relevant to managing the disease. We will strive to provide various tools for self-care and personal health. There will be a knowledgeable and experienced health coach available for motivational support and advice. We want fibromyalgia patients to have access to the health portal free of charge and in the comfort of their own home. The portal will address areas such as physical activity, stress, pain, sleep, diet and social issues. There will be interactive tutorials, programs and information in the form of pictures, films, text and audio files with emphasis on visual feedback and notifications for monitoring progress. The users can live chat and directly contact coaches and peers to share experiences and provide motivational support. The content of the portal is based on market analysis and professional experience and will be under continuous improvement and development over the next few years. Our aim is to have a beta-version ready at the end of 2017 and will be opened to the public during 2018. Our vision with the project is to relieve the healthcare system, provide methods for promoting self-efficacy and ultimately contribute to increased quality of life among sufferers of fibromyalgia. The users will have a great influence in how the interactive platform will take shape throughout the project. The project managers are currently comparing platform alternatives and working on content development and marketing strategies. Sweden has a national aim to be at the forefront of digital healthcare by 2025 and we are very excited to be part of this initiative through our project. We hope to provide our users with more independence and participation in society.