The development of My Care Hub mobile-phone app to support self-management in Australians with type 1 or type 2 diabetes

Adu, Mary D., Malabu, Usman H., Malau-Aduli, Aduli E.O., and Malau-Aduli, Bunmi S. (2020) The development of My Care Hub mobile-phone app to support self-management in Australians with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Scientific Reports, 10. 7 (2020).

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Non-adherence to self-management poses a serious risk to diabetes complications. Digital behavioural change interventions have the potential to provide education and motivate users to regularly engage with self-management of diabetes. This paper describes the development of My Care Hub mobile phone application (app) aimed at supporting self-management in people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. The development of My Care Hub involved a comprehensive process of healthy behavioural change identification, end users’ needs, expert consensus, data security and privacy considerations. The app translation was a highly iterative process accompanied by usability testing and design modification. The app development process included: (1) behaviour change strategy selection; (2) users’ 31 involvement; (3) expert advisory involvement; (4) data security and privacy considerations; (5) design creation and output translation into a smartphone app and (6) two usability testings of the app prototype version. The app features include self-care activities documentation, analytics, personalized and generalized messages for diabetes self-management as well as carbohydrate components of common foods in Australia. Twelve respondents provided feedback on the usability of the app. Initially, a simplification of the documentation features of the app was identified as a need to improve usability. Overall, results indicated good user satisfaction rate.

Item ID: 61184
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2045-2322
Keywords: development, diabetes, self-monitoring, diabetes education, Smartphone application, user-centered, usability testing
Copyright Information: © The Author(s) 2020. This article is Open Access under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.
Funders: Australian Commonwealth Government, James Cook University
Projects and Grants: Australian International Research Training Scholarship
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2019 23:25
FoR Codes: 32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3202 Clinical sciences > 320208 Endocrinology @ 50%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420302 Digital health @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920205 Health Education and Promotion @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920104 Diabetes @ 50%
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