phat 15(1): e6

Research Article

An Investigation into the Role of Mobile Technology in Collaborative Disease Management for Persons Living with Type 2 Diabetes

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  • @ARTICLE{10.4108/phat.1.1.e6,
        author={S.  Sultan and P.  Mohan},
        title={An Investigation into the Role of Mobile Technology in Collaborative Disease Management for Persons Living with Type 2 Diabetes},
        journal={EAI Endorsed Transactions on Pervasive Health and Technology},
        volume={1},
        number={1},
        publisher={ICST},
        journal_a={PHAT},
        year={2015},
        month={5},
        keywords={CNCDs, collaborative disease management, diabetes self-management support, mobile health, peer-support, remote self-management, social-networking, telehealth.},
        doi={10.4108/phat.1.1.e6}
    }
    
  • S. Sultan
    P. Mohan
    Year: 2015
    An Investigation into the Role of Mobile Technology in Collaborative Disease Management for Persons Living with Type 2 Diabetes
    PHAT
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/phat.1.1.e6
S. Sultan1,*, P. Mohan1
  • 1: The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
*Contact email: ssultan@gmail.com

Abstract

Diabetes and other chronic non-communicable diseases represent a leading threat to health care and human development. The authors discusses how mobile technology can achieve collaborative disease management (CDM) within a population living with Type 2 diabetes. We introduces a framework for CDM using mobile technologies. While it can be applied to the management of any disease, we describe a specific instance for diabetes peer-support. In this paper, we validate the framework through the development and testing of a Mobile Health initiative called Mobile Diabetes Self-Management Support (DSMS). It allows persons living with diabetes to learn from each others’ experiences through a virtual support group. The paper presents two user studies conducted. The first study captured the participants’ initial perceptions of the application in a controlled environment and the second study investigated system usage and collaboration when the application was used in their personal settings.