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Emalie Hurkmans, Christophe Matthys, An Bogaerts, Leonie Scheys, Karlien Devloo, Jan Seghers
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.2196/mhealth.7713.].
March 15, 2018: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
Dror Ben-Zeev
Although underdeveloped in mental health care, the sub-Saharan country of Ghana is advanced in telecommunications. In this context, innovative mobile health (mHealth) approaches may help to overcome limited infrastructure (lack of clinics, trained professionals, and landlines) and to address significant unmet public mental health needs. The Technology in Mental Health editor reports on travels to Ghana to assess the viability of mHealth for mental health initiatives in the region. He found that stakeholders from all sectors (patients, providers, government officials, and traditional and faith healers) were open to exploring whether mHealth approaches could promote more humane care, reduce human rights violations, and improve the clinical outcomes of those in need...
March 15, 2018: Psychiatric Services: a Journal of the American Psychiatric Association
Michael Jones, John Morris, Frank Deruyter
Significant health disparities exist between the general population and people with disabilities, particularly with respect to chronic health conditions. Mobile healthcare-the delivery of healthcare via mobile communication devices-is witnessing tremendous growth and has been touted as an important new approach for management of chronic health conditions. At present, little is known about the current state of mobile healthcare for people with disabilities. Early evidence suggests they are not well represented in the growth of mobile healthcare, and particularly the proliferation of mobile health software applications (mHealth apps) for smartphones...
March 14, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Thijs Vandenberk, Jelle Stans, Christophe Mortelmans, Ruth Van Haelst, Gertjan Van Schelvergem, Caroline Pelckmans, Christophe Jp Smeets, Dorien Lanssens, Hélène De Cannière, Valerie Storms, Inge M Thijs, Bert Vaes, Pieter M Vandervoort
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.2196/mhealth.7254.].
March 14, 2018: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
Marisa E Hilliard, Sahar S Eshtehardi, Charles G Minard, Rana Saber, Debbe Thompson, Lefkothea P Karaviti, Yuliana Rojas, Barbara J Anderson
BACKGROUND: Supportive parent involvement for adolescents' type 1 diabetes (T1D) self-management promotes optimal diabetes outcomes. However, family conflict is common and can interfere with collaborative family teamwork. Few interventions have used explicitly strengths-based approaches to help reinforce desired management behaviors and promote positive family interactions around diabetes care. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this protocol was to describe the development of a new, strengths-based behavioral intervention for parents of adolescents with T1D delivered via a mobile-friendly Web app called Type 1 Doing Well...
March 13, 2018: JMIR Research Protocols
Laura M König, Gudrun Sproesser, Harald T Schupp, Britta Renner
BACKGROUND: Although mobile technologies such as smartphone apps are promising means for motivating people to adopt a healthier lifestyle (mHealth apps), previous studies have shown low adoption and continued use rates. Developing the means to address this issue requires further understanding of mHealth app nonusers and adoption processes. This study utilized a stage model approach based on the Precaution Adoption Process Model (PAPM), which proposes that people pass through qualitatively different motivational stages when adopting a behavior...
March 13, 2018: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
Jocelyn Anstey Watkins, Jane Goudge, Francesc Xavier Gómez-Olivé, Caroline Huxley, Katherine Dodd, Frances Griffiths
Background: Routine monitoring by patients and healthcare providers to manage chronic disease is vital, though this can be challenging in low-resourced health systems. Mobile health (mHealth) has been proposed as one way to improve management of chronic diseases. Past mHealth reviews have proposed the need for a greater understanding around how the theoretical constructs in mHealth interventions actually work. In response, we synthesised evidence from primary studies on monitoring of chronic diseases using two-way digital text or voice communication between a patient and health worker...
2018: BMJ Global Health
David Peiris, J Jaime Miranda, David C Mohr
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2018: BMJ Global Health
Christopher J Gill, Ngoc Bao Le, Nafisa Halim, Cao Thi Hue Chi, Viet Ha Nguyen, Rachael Bonawitz, Pham Vu Hoang, Hoang Long Nguyen, Phan Thi Thu Huong, Anna Larson Williams, Ngoc Anh Le, Lora Sabin
Background: Continuing medical education (CME) is indispensable, but costs are a barrier. We tested the effectiveness of a novel mHealth intervention (mCME V.2.0) promoting CME among Vietnamese HIV clinicians. Methods: We enrolled HIV clinicians from three provinces near Hanoi. The 6-month intervention consisted of (1) daily short message service multiple-choice quiz questions, (2) daily linked readings, (3) links to online CME courses and (4) feedback messages describing the performance of the participant relative to the group...
2018: BMJ Global Health
Prem N Ramkumar, Heather S Haeberle, Sergio M Navarro, Assem A Sultan, Michael A Mont, Eric T Ricchetti, Mark S Schickendantz, Joseph P Iannotti
BACKGROUND: Mobile technology offers the prospect of delivering high-value care with increased patient access and reduced costs. Advances in mobile health (mHealth) and telemedicine have been inhibited by the lack of interconnectivity between devices and software and inability to process consumer sensor data. The objective of this study was to preliminarily validate a motion-based machine learning software development kit (SDK) for the shoulder compared with a goniometer for 4 arcs of motion: (1) abduction, (2) forward flexion, (3) internal rotation, and (4) external rotation...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
Peter J Polack, Shang-Tse Chen, Minsuk Kahng, Kaya DE Barbaro, Rahul Basole, Moushumi Sharmin, Duen Horng Chau
The advent of mobile health (mHealth) technologies challenges the capabilities of current visualizations, interactive tools, and algorithms. We present Chronodes, an interactive system that unifies data mining and human-centric visualization techniques to support explorative analysis of longitudinal mHealth data. Chronodes extracts and visualizes frequent event sequences that reveal chronological patterns across multiple participant timelines of mHealth data. It then combines novel interaction and visualization techniques to enable multifocus event sequence analysis, which allows health researchers to interactively define, explore, and compare groups of participant behaviors using event sequence combinations...
February 2018: ACM transactions on interactive intelligent systems
Wendelin Schramm
The way diabetes patients cope with their disease in day-to-day routines is decisive for the development or the prevention of medical complications. Smartphones have created the ubiquitous environment to support health care with mobile applications (mHealth). This article comments on the publication by Offringa et al in JDST, which is one of few studies that tries to isolate the effects of a diabetes app. At the same time, it is a good example to discuss general aspects of mHealth in diabetes care. Treatment context, eHealth literacy, interoperability, and efficiency will determine the success of diabetes apps...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology
Michelle Dugas, Kenyon Crowley, Guodong Gordon Gao, Timothy Xu, Ritu Agarwal, Arie W Kruglanski, Nanette Steinle
mHealth tools to help people manage chronic illnesses have surged in popularity, but evidence of their effectiveness remains mixed. The aim of this study was to address a gap in the mHealth and health psychology literatures by investigating how individual differences in psychological traits are associated with mHealth effectiveness. Drawing from regulatory mode theory, we tested the role of locomotion and assessment in explaining why mHealth tools are effective for some but not everyone. A 13-week pilot study investigated the effectiveness of an mHealth app in improving health behaviors among older veterans (n = 27) with poorly controlled Type 2 diabetes...
2018: PloS One
Christoph Pimmer, Francis Mbvundula
Health workers' use of counselling information on their mobile phones for health education is a central but little understood phenomenon in numerous mobile health (mHealth) projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. Drawing on empirical data from an interpretive case study in the setting of the Millennium Villages Project in rural Malawi, this research investigates the ways in which community health workers (CHWs) perceive that audio-counselling messages support their health education practice. Three main themes emerged from the analysis: phone-aided audio counselling (1) legitimises the CHWs' use of mobile phones during household visits; (2) helps CHWs to deliver a comprehensive counselling message; (3) supports CHWs in persuading communities to change their health practices...
2018: Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Jenna Glover, Sandra L Fritsch
This article reviews the available literature regarding the interaction between child and adolescent anxiety and electronic media. It reviews current research contributing to understanding of the correlation of youth anxiety with engagement in social media and other online platforms, including risk and protective factors. mHealth and eHealth prevention and treatment options, available via various digital resources, are discussed. Suggestions for mental health clinicians' assessment of client's online behaviors and a review of novel treatment options are provided...
April 2018: Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America
Cigdem Sahin
BACKGROUND: Mobile health provides significant advantages to healthcare. For its wide-scale adoption and successful integration to the current healthcare system, mHealth's unique characteristics and the factors influencing the development, implementation, and evaluation of its applications should be well-understood. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of the study was to review the essential characteristics of mHealth and discuss what mHealth brings to healthcare practice, research, and theory...
March 5, 2018: Contemporary Nurse
James N Fleming, Frank Treiber, John McGillicuddy, Mulugeta Gebregziabher, David J Taber
BACKGROUND: Medication errors, adverse drug events, and nonadherence are the predominant causes of graft loss in kidney transplant recipients and lead to increased healthcare utilization. Research has demonstrated that clinical pharmacists have the unique education and training to identify these events early and develop strategies to mitigate or prevent downstream sequelae. In addition, studies utilizing mHealth interventions have demonstrated success in improving the control of chronic conditions that lead to kidney transplant deterioration...
March 2, 2018: JMIR Research Protocols
Guido Giunti, Vasiliki Mylonopoulou, Octavio Rivera Romero
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is one of the world's most common neurologic disorders. Fatigue is one of most common symptoms that persons with MS experience, having significant impact on their quality of life and limiting their activity levels. Self-management strategies are used to support them in the care of their health. Mobile health (mHealth) solutions are a way to offer persons with chronic conditions tools to successfully manage their symptoms and problems. Gamification is a current trend among mHealth apps used to create engaging user experiences and is suggested to be effective for behavioral change...
March 2, 2018: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
Neill B Baskerville, Laura L Struik, Darly Dash
BACKGROUND: Emerging evidence supports the use of smartphone apps for smoking cessation, especially in young adults given their high smoking rates and high smartphone ownership rates. Although evaluative evidence is encouraging for supporting smoking cessation, there remains a paucity of research describing the design and development processes of mobile health (mHealth) interventions. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this paper was to describe the process of developing Crush the Crave (CTC), an evidence-informed app to support smoking cessation in young adults, and the results of a formative evaluation of app usage behavior, as part of a broader program of research that seeks to establish the effectiveness of the CTC app...
March 2, 2018: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
William Nii Ayitey Menson, John Olajide Olawepo, Tamara Bruno, Semiu Olatunde Gbadamosi, Nannim Fazing Nalda, Victor Anyebe, Amaka Ogidi, Chima Onoka, John Okpanachi Oko, Echezona Edozie Ezeanolue
BACKGROUND: mHealth practitioners seek to leverage the ubiquity of the mobile phone to increase the impact and robustness of their interventions, particularly in resource-limited settings. However, data on the reliability of self-reported mobile phone access is minimal. OBJECTIVE: We sought to ascertain the reliability of self-reported ownership of and access to mobile phones among a population of rural dwellers in north-central Nigeria. METHODS: We contacted participants in a community-based HIV testing program by phone to determine actual as opposed to self-reported mobile phone access...
March 1, 2018: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
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