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Evaluating Self-Management Behaviors of Diabetic Patients in a Telehealthcare Program: Longitudinal Study Over 18 Months
by Lichin Chen, Lee-Ming Chuang, Chia-Hsiun Chang, Chiou-Shiang Wang, I-Ching Wang, Yufang Chung, Hui-Yu Peng, Hui-Chuen Chen, Yu-Ling Hsu, Yu-Sheng Lin, Huang-Jen Chen, Tieng-Chun Chang, Yi-Der Jiang, Hung-Chang Lee, Ching-Ting Tan, Hsin-Lu Chang, Feipei Lai
(Published on 09 Dec 2013)
Background: Self-management is an important skill for patients with diabetes, and it involves frequent monitoring of glucose levels and behavior modification. Techniques to enhance the behavior changes of diabetic patients have been developed, such as diabetes self-management education and telehealthcare. Although the patients are engaged in self-management activities, barriers to behavior changes remain and additional work is necessary to address the impact of electronic media and telehealthcare on patient self-care behaviors. Objective: The aims of this study were to (1) explore the behaviors of diabetic patients interacting with online applications, (2) determine the impact of a telehealthcare program among 7 self-care behaviors of the patients, and (3) determine the changes in...
Leveraging Text Messaging and Mobile Technology to Support Pediatric Obesity-Related Behavior Change: A Qualitative Study Using Parent Focus Groups and Interviews
by Mona Sharifi, Eileen M Dryden, Christine M Horan, Sarah Price, Richard Marshall, Karen Hacker, Jonathan A Finkelstein, Elsie M Taveras
(Published on 06 Dec 2013)
Background: Text messaging (short message service, SMS) is a widely accessible and potentially cost-effective medium for encouraging behavior change. Few studies have examined text messaging interventions to influence child health behaviors or explored parental perceptions of mobile technologies to support behavior change among children. Objective: Our aim was to examine parental acceptability and preferences for text messaging to support pediatric obesity-related behavior change. Methods: We conducted focus groups and follow-up interviews with parents of overweight and obese children, aged 6-12 years, seen for “well-child” care in eastern Massachusetts. A professional moderator used a semistructured discussion guide and sample text messages to catalyze group discussions....
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