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Cardiovascular disease self-management: pilot testing of an mHealth healthy eating program

Dale, Leila Pfaeffli, Whittaker, Robyn, Eyles, Helen, Mhurchu, Cliona Ni, Ball, Kylie, Smith, Natasha and Maddison, Ralph 2014, Cardiovascular disease self-management: pilot testing of an mHealth healthy eating program, Journal of Personalized Medicine, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 88-101, doi: 10.3390/jpm4010088.

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Title Cardiovascular disease self-management: pilot testing of an mHealth healthy eating program
Author(s) Dale, Leila Pfaeffli
Whittaker, Robyn
Eyles, Helen
Mhurchu, Cliona Ni
Ball, KylieORCID iD for Ball, Kylie orcid.org/0000-0003-2893-8415
Smith, Natasha
Maddison, RalphORCID iD for Maddison, Ralph orcid.org/0000-0001-8564-5518
Journal name Journal of Personalized Medicine
Volume number 4
Issue number 1
Start page 88
End page 101
Total pages 14
Publisher MDPI AG
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2014
ISSN 2075-4426
Keyword(s) Text messaging
Health behavior
Cardiovascular disease
Diet
Summary Cardiac rehabilitation (CR) is crucial in the management of cardiovascular disease (CVD), yet attendance is poor. Mobile technology (mHealth) offers a potential solution to increase reach of CR. This paper presents two development studies to determine mobile phone usage in adults with CVD and to evaluate the acceptability of an mHealth healthy eating CR program. Methods: CR attendees were surveyed to determine mobile phone usage rates. A second single-subject pilot study investigated perceptions of a 4-week theory-based healthy eating mHealth program and explored pre-post changes in self-efficacy. Results: 74 adults with CVD completed the survey (50/74 male; mean age 63 ± 10). Nearly all had mobile phones (70/74; 95%) and used the Internet (69/74; 93%), and most were interested in receiving CR by text message (57/74; 77%). 20 participants took part in the healthy eating pilot study. Participants read all/most of the text messages, and most (19/20) thought using mobile technology was a good way to deliver the program. The website was not widely used as visiting the website was reported to be time consuming. Exploratory t-tests revealed an increase in heart healthy eating self-efficacy post program, in particular the environmental self-efficacy subset (Mean = 0.62, SD = 0.74, p = 0.001). Conclusions: Text messaging was seen as a simple and acceptable way to deliver nutrition information and behavior change strategies; however, future research is needed to determine the effectiveness of such programs.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/jpm4010088
Field of Research 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920411 Nutrition
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2014, MDPI AG
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30062025

Document type: Journal Article
Collections: School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
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