Efficacy and acceptability of My Care Hub mobile app to support self-Management in Australians with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes

Adu, Mary D., Malabu, Usman, Malau-Aduli, Aduli E.O., Drovandi, Aaron, and Malau-Aduli, Bunmi S. (2020) Efficacy and acceptability of My Care Hub mobile app to support self-Management in Australians with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17 (7). 2573.

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The aim of this study was to evaluate the preliminary efficacy and user acceptance of My Care Hub (MCH) mobile app—developed to provide evidenced-based support and education on diabetes self-management (DSM). Using a mixed-methods design, the efficacy and acceptability of MCH were measured among people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes after three weeks of intervention. The primary outcome measure was level of involvement with DSM, while the mediating factors were skills and self-efficacy for DSM. Telephone interviews were conducted to elucidate information on perceptions of the app’s impact on participants’ DSM and interest in future use. Statistically significant improvements were observed between pre- and post-intervention measures: DSM activities (4.55 ± 1.14 vs. 5.35 ± 0.84; p = 0.001); skills (7.10 ± 1.99 vs. 7.90 ± 1.67; p = 0.04); and self-efficacy (7.33 ±1.83 vs. 8.07 ± 1.54; p = 0.03). Multivariate analysis showed that self-efficacy had the strongest, though not significant influence on DSM. Interview findings revealed that the app reinforced knowledge and provided motivation to participate in DSM activities. The study suggested a positive impact of MCH on DSM and acceptability by patients. To confirm these promising results, further large scale and long-term studies are required.

Item ID: 62825
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1660-4601
Keywords: mobile health; mobile phone applications; diabetes self-management; diabetes education and support; skills; self-efficacy
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Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2020 03:25
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4206 Public health > 420603 Health promotion @ 50%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420302 Digital health @ 25%
32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3202 Clinical sciences > 320208 Endocrinology @ 25%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920104 Diabetes @ 100%
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