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Efficacy and Acceptability of My Care Hub Mobile App to Support Self-Management in Australians with Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes

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College of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University, Townsville QLD 4811, Australia
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College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences, James Cook University, Townsville QLD 4811, Australia
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(7), 2573; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17072573
Received: 21 March 2020 / Revised: 4 April 2020 / Accepted: 5 April 2020 / Published: 9 April 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Health Behavior, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion)
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. View Full-Text
Keywords: mobile health; mobile phone applications; diabetes self-management; diabetes education and support; skills; self-efficacy mobile health; mobile phone applications; diabetes self-management; diabetes education and support; skills; self-efficacy
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Adu, M.D.; Malabu, U.H.; Malau-Aduli, A.E.O.; Drovandi, A.; Malau-Aduli, B.S. Efficacy and Acceptability of My Care Hub Mobile App to Support Self-Management in Australians with Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 2573. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17072573

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Adu MD, Malabu UH, Malau-Aduli AEO, Drovandi A, Malau-Aduli BS. 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. 2020; 17(7):2573. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17072573

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Adu, Mary D., Usman H. Malabu, Aduli E.O. Malau-Aduli, Aaron Drovandi, and Bunmi S. Malau-Aduli. 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, no. 7: 2573. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17072573

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