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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717705/adoption-of-information-and-communication-technologies-for-early-detection-of-breast-and-cervical-cancers-in-low-and-middle-income-countries
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Jessica M DiCarlo, Sricharan Gopakumar, Preet K Dhillon, Suneeta Krishnan
PURPOSE: In response to the growing burden of breast and cervical cancers, low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are beginning to implement national cancer prevention programs. We reviewed the literature on information and communication technology (ICT) applications in the prevention of breast and cervical cancers in LMICs to examine their potential to enhance cancer prevention efforts. METHODS: Ten databases of peer-reviewed and gray literature were searched using an automated strategy for English-language articles on the use of mobile health (mHealth) and telemedicine in breast and cervical cancer prevention (screening and early detection) published between 2005 and 2015...
August 2016: Journal of Global Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708825/lymphatic-filariasis-patient-identification-in-a-large-urban-area-of-tanzania-an-application-of-a-community-led-mhealth-system
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Upendo Mwingira, Maria Chikawe, Wilfred Lazarus Mandara, Hayley E Mableson, Cecilia Uisso, Irene Mremi, Alpha Malishee, Mwele Malecela, Charles D Mackenzie, Louise A Kelly-Hope, Michelle C Stanton
BACKGROUND: Lymphatic filariasis (LF) is best known for the disabling and disfiguring clinical conditions that infected patients can develop; providing care for these individuals is a major goal of the Global Programme to Eliminate LF. Methods of locating these patients, knowing their true number and thus providing care for them, remains a challenge for national medical systems, particularly when the endemic zone is a large urban area. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPLE FINDINGS: A health community-led door-to-door survey approach using the SMS reporting tool MeasureSMS-Morbidity was used to rapidly collate and monitor data on LF patients in real-time (location, sex, age, clinical condition) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania...
July 14, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708741/effect-of-mhealth-in-improving-antenatal-care-utilization-and-skilled-birth-attendance-in-low-and-middle-income-countries-a-systematic-review-protocol
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Yosef G Abraha, Serebe A Gebrie, Desalegn A Garoma, Fasil M Deribe, Mamuye H Tefera, Sudhakar Morankar
The objective of this review is to identify and synthesize the best available evidence on the effect of mobile health (mHealth) interventions in antenatal care utilization and skilled birth attendance in low- and middle-income countries.More specifically, the review questions are as follows.
July 2017: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708565/real-time-adaptation-to-time-varying-constraints-for-medical-video-communications
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Zinonas C Antoniou, Andreas S Panayides, Marios Pantziaris, Anthony G Constantinides, Constantinos S Pattichis, Marios S Pattichis
The wider adoption of mobile Health (mHealth) video communication systems in standard clinical practice requires real-time control to provide for adequate levels of clinical video quality to support reliable diagnosis. The latter can only be achieved with real-time adaptation to time-varying wireless networks' state to guarantee clinically acceptable performance throughout the streaming session, while conforming to device capabilities for supporting real-time encoding.
July 12, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706727/pd_manager-an-mhealth-platform-for-parkinson-s-disease-patient-management
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Kostas M Tsiouris, Dimitrios Gatsios, George Rigas, Dragana Miljkovic, Barbara Koroušić Seljak, Marko Bohanec, Maria T Arredondo, Angelo Antonini, Spyros Konitsiotis, Dimitrios D Koutsouris, Dimitrios I Fotiadis
PD_Manager is a mobile health platform designed to cover most of the aspects regarding the management of Parkinson's disease (PD) in a holistic approach. Patients are unobtrusively monitored using commercial wrist and insole sensors paired with a smartphone, to automatically estimate the severity of most of the PD motor symptoms. Besides motor symptoms monitoring, the patient's mobile application also provides various non-motor self-evaluation tests for assessing cognition, mood and nutrition to motivate them in becoming more active in managing their disease...
June 2017: Healthcare Technology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692830/usability-and-clinical-efficacy-of-diabetes-mobile-applications-for-adults-with-type-2-diabetes-a-systematic-review
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Helen Fu, Siobhan K McMahon, Cynthia R Gross, Terrence J Adam, Jean F Wyman
OBJECTIVES: To assess the usability and clinical effectiveness of diabetes mobile applications (diabetes apps) developed for adults with type 2 diabetes. METHOD: A systematic review of the usability and effectiveness of diabetes apps was conducted. Searches were performed using MEDLINE, EMBASE, COMPENDEX, and IEEE XPLORE for articles published from January 1, 2011, to January 17, 2017. Search terms included: diabetes, mobile apps, and mobile health (mHealth). RESULTS: The search yielded 723 abstracts of which seven usability studies and ten clinical effectiveness studies met the inclusion criteria from 20 publications...
June 21, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692490/the-future-of-digital-games-for-hiv-prevention-and-care
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Lisa B Hightow-Weidman, Kathryn E Muessig, José A Bauermeister, Sara LeGrand, Lynn E Fiellin
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Although there has been a significant increase in mHealth interventions addressing the HIV prevention and care continuum, interventions using game mechanics have been less explored. Digital games are rapidly becoming an important tool for improving health behaviors and supporting the delivery of care and education. The purpose of this review is to provide a historical context for the use of gamification and videogames (including those using virtual reality) used in technology-based HIV interventions and to review new research in the field...
July 7, 2017: Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691740/nutritional-monitoring-of-patients-post-bariatric-surgery-implications-for-smartphone-applications
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L Elvin-Walsh, M Ferguson, P F Collins
BACKGROUND: Optimal results from bariatric surgery are contingent on patient commitment to dietary and lifestyle changes and follow-up care. The present study aimed to investigate the attitudes and use of mobile health (mHealth) smartphone applications (apps) as a potential tool for maintaining connectivity between dietitians and patients post-bariatric surgery. METHODS: A cross-sectional online survey was developed and distributed to a purposeful sample of bariatric dietitians and bariatric patients in Australia...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics: the Official Journal of the British Dietetic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688924/healthy-preconception-nutrition-and-lifestyle-using-personalized-mobile-health-coaching-is-associated-with-enhanced-pregnancy-chance
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Matthijs R van Dijk, Maria P H Koster, Sten P Willemsen, Nicole A Huijgen, Joop S E Laven, Régine P M Steegers-Theunissen
Periconceptional nutrition and lifestyle are essential in pathogenesis and prevention of most reproductive failures, pregnancy outcome and future health. We aimed to investigate whether personalized mobile health (mHealth) coaching empowers couples contemplating pregnancy to increase healthy behaviour and chances of pregnancy. A survey was conducted among 1053 women and 332 male partners who received individual coaching using the mHealth programme 'Smarter Pregnancy' to change poor nutrition and lifestyle for 26 weeks, depending on pregnancy state and gender...
June 27, 2017: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684384/a-bit-of-fit-minimalist-intervention-in-adolescents-based-on-a-physical-activity-tracker
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Jeffrey Gaudet, François Gallant, Mathieu Bélanger
BACKGROUND: Only 5% of Canadian youth meet the recommended 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) per day, with leisure time being increasingly allocated to technology usage. Direct-to-consumer mHealth devices that promote physical activity, such as wrist-worn physical activity trackers, have features with potential appeal to youth. OBJECTIVE: The primary purpose of this study was to determine whether a minimalist physical activity tracker-based intervention would lead to an increase in physical activity in young adolescents...
July 6, 2017: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679902/effect-of-social-media-in-a-mhealth-application
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Trond Tufte, Ankica Babic
In this project the potential of social media has been reviewed in terms how it can promote a healthy lifestyle utilized in an app. A mHealth app for smartphones has been developed using Design Science methodology, where various features from social media have been implemented with the goal of increasing physical activity. The application has been evaluated extensively in order to meet usability requirements. In addition, a focus group has contributed towards the application's potential to increase physical...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679428/using-participatory-methods-to-design-an-mhealth-intervention-for-a-low-income-country-a-case-study-in-chikwawa-malawi
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Rebecca Laidlaw, Diane Dixon, Tracy Morse, Tara K Beattie, Save Kumwenda, Grant Mpemberera
BACKGROUND: mHealth holds the potential to educate rural communities in developing countries such as Malawi, on issues which over-burdened and under staffed health centres do not have the facilities to address. Previous research provides support that mHealth could be used as a vehicle for health education campaigns at a community level; however the limited involvement of potential service users in the research process endangers both user engagement and intervention effectiveness. METHODS: This two stage qualitative study used participatory action research to inform the design and development of an mHealth education intervention...
July 5, 2017: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676102/effects-of-an-interactive-mhealth-innovation-for-early-detection-of-patient-reported-symptom-distress-with-focus-on-participatory-care-protocol-for-a-study-based-on-prospective-randomised-controlled-trials-in-patients-with-prostate-and-breast-cancer
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Ann Langius-Eklöf, Marie-Therése Crafoord, Mats Christiansen, Maria Fjell, Kay Sundberg
BACKGROUND: Cancer patients are predominantly treated as out-patients and as they often experience difficult symptoms and side effects it is important to facilitate and improve patient-clinician communication to support symptom management and self-care. Although the number of projects within supportive cancer care evaluating mobile health is increasing, few evidence-based interventions are described in the literature and thus there is a need for good quality clinical studies with a randomised design and sufficient power to guide future implementations...
July 4, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673031/samoan-smokers-talk-about-smoking-and-quitting-a-focus-group-study
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Helen Tanielu, Judith McCool, Elaine Umali, Robyn Whittaker
Introduction: Samoa, like other Pacific Island countries, faces a persistent challenge to reduce smoking use with relatively limited resources. As a signatory to the WHO FCTC, Samoa is obligated to introduce measures to reduce tobacco use and is currently trialling a text message smoking cessation programme (mCessation) to achieve this outcome. Cigarettes remain relatively cheap and are widely available, but little is known about how smoking is initiated or why and how people quit smoking in the Samoa...
June 29, 2017: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669241/reality-versus-grant-application-research-plans
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Linda Burhansstipanov, Linda U Krebs, Daniel Petereit, Mark B Dignan, Sheikh Iqbal Ahamed, Michele Sargent, Kristin Cina, Kimberly Crawford, Doris Thibeault, Simone Bordeaux, Shalini Kanekar, Golam Mushih Tanimul Ahsan, Drew Williams, Ivor Addo
This article describes the implementation of the American Indian mHealth Smoking Dependence Study focusing on the differences between what was written in the grant application compared to what happened in reality. The study was designed to evaluate a multicomponent intervention involving 256 participants randomly assigned to one of 15 groups. Participants received either a minimal or an intense level of four intervention components: (1) nicotine replacement therapy, (2) precessation counseling, (3) cessation counseling, and (4) mHealth text messaging...
July 1, 2017: Health Promotion Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666581/mobile-health-apps-and-recovery-after-surgery-what-are-patients-willing-to-do
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Jonathan S Abelson, Matthew Symer, Alex Peters, Mary Charlson, Heather Yeo
BACKGROUND: Mobile health technologies (mHealth) may improve post-operative care but it is unknown if patients are willing to use this technology. METHODS: We surveyed 800 NY State residents to determine their willingness to engage in mHealth after surgery and compared socioeconomic factors that may affect willingness to engage. RESULTS: A majority of respondents reported willingness to wear a tracker on their wrist (80.6%), fill out a survey (74...
June 23, 2017: American Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28665554/ehealth-and-mhealth-interventions-in-the-treatment-of-fatigued-cancer-survivors-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#17
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Annina Seiler, Vanessa Klaas, Gerhard Tröster, Christopher P Fagundes
OBJECTIVES: To (1) evaluate existing eHealth/mHealth interventions developed to help manage cancer-related fatigue (CRF); and (2) summarize the best available evidence on their effectiveness. METHODS: A comprehensive literature search of PubMed, MEDLINE, EMBASE and the Cochrane Library up to November 2016 was conducted. Study outcomes were extracted, tabulated and summarized. Random effects meta-analyses were conducted for the primary outcome (fatigue), and the secondary outcomes quality of life and depression, yielding pooled effect sizes (r) and 95% confidence intervals (CI)...
June 30, 2017: Psycho-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663164/assessing-user-engagement-of-an-mhealth-intervention-development-and-implementation-of-the-growing-healthy-app-engagement-index
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Sarah Taki, Sharyn Lymer, Catherine Georgina Russell, Karen Campbell, Rachel Laws, Kok-Leong Ong, Rosalind Elliott, Elizabeth Denney-Wilson
BACKGROUND: Childhood obesity is an ongoing problem in developed countries that needs targeted prevention in the youngest age groups. Children in socioeconomically disadvantaged families are most at risk. Mobile health (mHealth) interventions offer a potential route to target these families because of its relatively low cost and high reach. The Growing healthy program was developed to provide evidence-based information on infant feeding from birth to 9 months via app or website. Understanding user engagement with these media is vital to developing successful interventions...
June 29, 2017: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659456/pilot-rct-results-of-an-mhealth-hiv-prevention-program-for-sexual-minority-male-adolescents
#19
Michele L Ybarra, Tonya L Prescott, Gregory L Phillips, Sheana S Bull, Jeffrey T Parsons, Brian Mustanski
BACKGROUND: Guy2Guy (G2G) is the first comprehensive HIV prevention program developed for sexual minority males as young as 14 years old and is delivered nationally via text messaging. Here, we report the results of the pilot randomized control trial. METHODS: G2G was tested against an attention-matched "healthy lifestyle" control (eg, self-esteem). Both programs lasted 5 weeks and delivered 5 to 10 text messages daily. A 1-week booster was delivered 6 weeks subsequently...
June 28, 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655802/benefits-and-limitations-of-text-messages-to-stimulate-higher-learning-among-community-providers-participants-views-of-an-mhealth-intervention-to-support-continuing-medical-education-in-vietnam
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Lora L Sabin, Anna Larson Williams, Bao Ngoc Le, Augusta R Herman, Ha Viet Nguyen, Rebecca R Albanese, Wenjun Xiong, Hezekiah Oa Shobiye, Nafisa Halim, Lien Thi Ngoc Tran, Marion McNabb, Hai Hoang, Ariel Falconer, Tam Thi Thanh Nguyen, Christopher J Gill
BACKGROUND: A randomized controlled trial was conducted in 2015 to evaluate a mobile continuing medical education (mCME) intervention that provided daily text messages to community-based physicians' assistants (CBPAs) in Thai Nguyen Province, Vietnam. Although the intervention failed to improve medical knowledge over a 6-month period, a companion qualitative study provided insights on the views and experiences of intervention participants. METHODS: We conducted focus group discussions (FGDs) and in-depth interviews (IDIs) among participants randomized to receive text messages containing either simple medical facts or quiz questions...
June 27, 2017: Global Health, Science and Practice
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