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Turki Alanzi, Naif Radi Alanazi, Robert Istepanian, Nada Philip
Background: In the Saudi Arabia region there are no previous studies related to the use of social networks combined with the management of mobile diabetes. In this sense, the aim of this feasibility investigation is to evaluate the application and utility of the SANAD system (Saudi Arabia Networking for Aiding Diabetes) to support Saudi type 2 diabetes adult patients. Methods: Twenty patients from a clinic in Saudi Arabia-Dammam were recruited to use the SANAD system...
2018: MHealth
Sarah R Blackstone, Lynn K Herrmann
Background: Extreme fitness and nutrition programs, that are said to "jump start" a healthy lifestyle, are becoming more pervasive. While some research has explored the harmful impact of fitspiration, thinspiration, and pro-anorexia/bulimia websites, no studies have examined the content associated with these extreme programs that advertised as promoting a healthy lifestyle. The objective of this study was to analyze posts found on extreme fitness and nutrition program support pages on Facebook...
2018: MHealth
Nita Vangeepuram, Victoria Mayer, Kezhen Fei, Emily Hanlen-Rosado, Cesar Andrade, Shari Wright, Carol Horowitz
Background: Individuals from low-income and racial/ethnic minority backgrounds have traditionally had less access to mobile health (mHealth) technologies, but there is evidence that this gap has been rapidly narrowing. Given the increase in access to mobile technologies recently seen in vulnerable populations, mHealth has been championed as a strategy for improving population health and reducing health disparities. However, members of low-income and racial/ethnic minority populations have had a limited role in the development and implementation of mHealth interventions designed to impact them...
2018: MHealth
Sarah Burch, Claire Preston, Sarah Bateup
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2018: MHealth
Lydia A Shrier, Pamela J Burke, Meredith Kells, Emily A Scherer, Vishnudas Sarda, Cassandra Jonestrask, Ziming Xuan, Sion Kim Harris
Background: Ecological momentary interventions (EMIs) influence behavior in real time, in real life. We evaluated trial feasibility and preliminary efficacy of MOMENT, a counseling-plus-EMI to reduce frequent marijuana use in youth in primary care. Methods: Primary care patients age 15-24 years using marijuana at least 3 times/week were randomized to MOMENT [motivational enhancement therapy (MET)/smartphone-based momentary assessment/responsive motivational messaging] vs...
2018: MHealth
Jason E Owen, Eric Kuhn, Beth K Jaworski, Pearl McGee-Vincent, Katherine Juhasz, Julia E Hoffman, Craig Rosen
Many public health agencies, including the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), have identified the use of mobile technologies as an essential part of a larger strategy to address major public health challenges. The VA's National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD), in collaboration with VA's Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention and the Defense Health Agency inside the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), has been involved in the development, evaluation, and testing of 15 mobile apps designed specifically to address the needs and concerns of veterans and others experiencing symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)...
2018: MHealth
Liya T Haile, Hanley M Fultz, Rebecca G Simmons, Victoria Shelus
Background: The advent of new technological approaches to family planning has the potential to address unmet need in low- and middle-income countries. Provision of fertility awareness-based apps have the ability to provide accessible, direct-to-user fertility information to help women achieve their reproductive goals. The CycleBeads app, a digital platform for the Standard Days Method (SDM), a modern method of family planning, helps women achieve or prevent pregnancy, or track their cycles using the only their period start dates...
2018: MHealth
Frank T Materia, Joshua M Smyth, Kristin E Heron, Marianne Hillemeier, Mark E Feinberg, Patricia Fonzi, Danielle Symons Downs
Background: The prevalence of maternal perinatal obesity is rising, and in turn, increases health risks and morbidity for both mother and child. Past evidence suggests the preconceptional Strong Healthy Women (SHW) intervention can reduce multiple biobehavioral risk factors for adverse perinatal health. The SHW intervention, however, was time- and resource-intensive to deliver. Mobile health (mHealth) technologies provide an opportunity to expand intervention reach while reducing implementation cost and burden...
2018: MHealth
Franklin Dexter, Richard H Epstein
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2018: MHealth
Matthew Price, Katherine van Stolk-Cooke, Zoe M F Brier, Alison C Legrand
Interventions administered shortly after a traumatic event have the potential to prevent posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related mental health conditions. A key challenge in delivering such interventions is understanding how PTSD symptoms develop in the acute post-trauma period, defined as the first 30 days after a trauma. Mobile devices have the potential to transform the way symptoms are assessed and how treatment is delivered in that they can capture the dynamic and nuanced nature of symptom progression after trauma...
2018: MHealth
Mary Summer Starling, Zosha Kandel, Liya Haile, Rebecca G Simmons
Background: The rapid proliferation of fertility apps has created a market that has the potential to address the needs of women and couples worldwide. Some women who seek to prevent pregnancy are making behavioral decisions based on information they receive from fertility apps, yet fertility apps may not always be accurate and reliance on them could lead to unintended pregnancies. Little research has been done to understand who uses fertility apps for pregnancy prevention, how those who use them perceive their efficacy, and their preferences for how apps should be designed and presented to accurately assist them in preventing pregnancy...
2018: MHealth
Adam Kern, Victor Hong, Joyce Song, Sarah Ketchen Lipson, Daniel Eisenberg
Background: The ubiquity of smartphones and the development of mental health apps (MHAs) calls for evaluation of consumers' attitudes towards and usage of MHAs. Due to the increasing demand for mental health services on college campuses, research is especially needed to evaluate MHAs as a potentially viable treatment modality in that setting. Methods: The study team developed survey questions related to MHAs, added these to the Healthy Minds Study, and used Qualtrics as the platform...
2018: MHealth
A Justine Dowd, Colleen Jackson, Karen T Y Tang, Desiree Nielsen, Darlene Higbee Clarkin, S Nicole Culos-Reed
Background: Celiac disease affects approximately 1% of the North American population and the only treatment is to follow a strict gluten-free (GF) diet. Unfortunately, the GF diet can be challenging, and poor adherence can lead to detrimental physical and psychological health outcomes for people with celiac disease. The goal of this study was to design, develop and pilot test a smartphone app (MyHealthyGut), to promote effective self-management of celiac disease and improve gut health...
2018: MHealth
Ricardo F Muñoz, Denise A Chavira, Joseph A Himle, Kelly Koerner, Jordana Muroff, Julia Reynolds, Raphael D Rose, Josef I Ruzek, Bethany A Teachman, Stephen M Schueller
Evidence-based psychological interventions are growing in number but are not within reach of many individuals who could benefit from them. The recent revolution in digital technologies now makes it possible to reach people around the globe with digital interventions in the form of web sites, mobile applications, wearable devices, and so on. Although a plethora of digital interventions are available online few are evidence-based and individuals have little guidance to decide among the multitude of options. We propose the development of "digital apothecaries," that is, online repositories of evidence-based digital interventions...
2018: MHealth
Mei R Fu, Yao Wang, Chenge Li, Zeyuan Qiu, Deborah Axelrod, Amber A Guth, Joan Scagliola, Yvette Conley, Bradley E Aouizerat, Jeanna M Qiu, Gary Yu, Janet H Van Cleave, Judith Haber, Ying Kuen Cheung
Background: In the digital era when mHealth has emerged as an important venue for health care, the application of computer science, such as machine learning, has proven to be a powerful tool for health care in detecting or predicting various medical conditions by providing improved accuracy over conventional statistical or expert-based systems. Symptoms are often indicators for abnormal changes in body functioning due to illness or side effects from medical treatment. Real-time symptom report refers to the report of symptoms that patients are experiencing at the time of reporting...
2018: MHealth
Julie Prescott, Lynn Mackie, Amy Leigh Rathbone
Background: The internet has become a quick, easy and accessible source for health-related information. Women are more likely to search for health information online and this likelihood increases further during pregnancy. Searching online for health-related information can have both positive and negative impacts upon levels of health anxiety during pregnancy. This research initially explored how health impacts heath anxiety during pregnancy. Secondly, the sources of offline support that predict health anxiety and thirdly, how online health seeking behaviour predicts health anxiety...
2018: MHealth
Eric Kuhn, Christianne van der Meer, Jason E Owen, Julia E Hoffman, Richard Cash, Pasqualina Carrese, Miranda Olff, Anne Bakker, Julia Schellong, Patrick Lorenz, Matthias Schopp, Heinrich Rau, Kerstin Weidner, Filip K Arnberg, Martin Cernvall, Thomas Iversen
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a global public health problem. Unfortunately, many individuals with PTSD do not receive professional care due to a lack of available providers, stigma about mental illness, and other concerns. Technology-based interventions, including mobile phone applications (apps) may be a viable means of surmounting such barriers and reaching and helping those in need. Given this potential, in 2011 the U.S Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD released PTSD Coach, a mobile app intended to provide psycho-education and self-management tools for trauma survivors with PTSD symptoms...
2018: MHealth
Suha J Patel, Shalini Subbiah, Rachel Jones, Faith Muigai, Claire Watt Rothschild, Lucille Omwodo, Teresa Ogolla, Grace Kimenju, Nick Pearson, Audra Meadows, Nawal M Nour
Background: Group-based health services can improve maternal and newborn health outcomes. Group antenatal care and participatory learning and action cycles (PLA) with women's groups have been cited by the WHO as health systems interventions that can lead to improvements in adherence to care and health outcomes in pregnancy and the postpartum period. Methods: We used a mixed-methods approach to assess the feasibility of a light touch group-based support intervention using the WhatsApp text-messaging platform...
2018: MHealth
John C Sieverdes
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2018: MHealth
Majbah Uddin, Robert Allen, Nathan Huynh, Jose M Vidal, Kevin M Taaffe, Lawrence D Fredendall, Joel S Greenstein
Background: Improving operating room (OR) utilization is crucial to hospitals. This study examines the effectiveness of a mobile application co-developed with hospital staff to track OR turnover time (TOT). Methods: An Android-based app, named ORTimer, was used by staff in two OR units (GI-Lab and D-Core) of Greenville Memorial Hospital (GMH) in South Carolina. The staff used the app to record milestones and note delay reasons (if applicable). A total of 1,782 turnover observations from the GI-Lab and 694 turnover observations from the D-Core were collected for the study...
2018: MHealth
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