Assessing acceptability of hypertensive/diabetic patients towards mobile health based behavioral interventions in Pakistan: A pilot study

Mahrukh Siddiqui, Mohammad Yousuf ul Islam, Bushra Abid Iqbal Mufti, Natasha Khan, Muhammad Saad Farooq, Mariam Gul Muhammad, Muhammad Osama, Danish Kherani, Abdul Nafey Kazi, Abdul Momin Kazi

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Abstract

Introduction: Diabetes and hypertension are prevalent chronic diseases among the general population of Pakistan with an exponential progress expected over the upcoming years. Mobile Health services can be an efficient method of helping curtail this rise and improve quality of life of such patients as proven in developed countries. We aim to assess the acceptability of using Mobile Health services among diabetic and hypertensive patients in Pakistan. Methods: A total of 100 patients were approached in a large tertiary care Government Hospital of Karachi, Pakistan, using a nonprobability convenient sampling technique. Co-authors conducted an interview based sampling of a modified questionnaire to each participant after consent. All data was recorded and analyzed on SPSS 16. Results: A total of 100 patients participated in our study with 66 (66%) males and 34 (34%) females having a mean prevalence age of 54.27. All the 100 participants had easy access to cell phones with 88% participants (88/100) stating that they would be willing to participate in Mobile Health based interventions. A statistically significant number (p= 0.014) of them preferred receiving phone calls (85.2%) rather than SMS (14.8%) reminders for these interventions. 85% of the participants even agreed to participate in such intervention on cash incentives. Conclusion: The use of phone call reminders or SMS reminders seems like an acceptable and favorable option among hypertensive and diabetic patients. This can greatly improve their self-management and help curtail this rise in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3234
Pages (from-to)950-955
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Medical Informatics
Volume84
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2015

Keywords

  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Mobile health

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