The use of mobile applications among adolescents with type 1 diabetes: results from diabetes MILES Youth-Australia

Trawley, Steven, Browne, Jessica L., Hagger, Virginia L., Hendrieckx, Christel, Holmes-Truscott, Elizabeth, Pouwer, Frans, Skinner, Timothy C. and Speight, Jane 2016, The use of mobile applications among adolescents with type 1 diabetes: results from diabetes MILES Youth-Australia, Diabetes technology and therapeutics, vol. 18, no. 12, pp. 813-819, doi: 10.1089/dia.2016.0233.

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Title The use of mobile applications among adolescents with type 1 diabetes: results from diabetes MILES Youth-Australia
Author(s) Trawley, StevenORCID iD for Trawley, Steven
Browne, Jessica L.ORCID iD for Browne, Jessica L.
Hagger, Virginia L.ORCID iD for Hagger, Virginia L.
Hendrieckx, ChristelORCID iD for Hendrieckx, Christel
Holmes-Truscott, ElizabethORCID iD for Holmes-Truscott, Elizabeth
Pouwer, Frans
Skinner, Timothy C.
Speight, JaneORCID iD for Speight, Jane
Journal name Diabetes technology and therapeutics
Volume number 18
Issue number 12
Start page 813
End page 819
Total pages 7
Publisher Mary Ann Libert
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2016-12-01
ISSN 1557-8593
Keyword(s) Adolescents
Type 1 diabetes
Summary BACKGROUND: The use of mobile applications ("apps") for diabetes management is a rapidly developing area and has relevance to adolescents who tend to be early technology adopters. Apps may be useful for supporting self-management or connecting young people with type 1 diabetes (T1D) with their peers. However, outside controlled trials testing the effectiveness of apps, little is known about app usage in this population. Our aim was to explore app usage among adolescents with T1D.

METHODS: Diabetes MILES Youth-Australia is a national, online cross-sectional survey focused on behavioral and psychosocial aspects relevant to adolescents with T1D. Associations between app usage and demographic, clinical, and psychosocial variables were analyzed using logistic regression.

RESULTS: In total, 425 adolescents with T1D responded to the app questions (mean age, 16 ± 2 years; 62% female; diabetes duration 7 ± 4 years). Overall, 21% (n = 87) indicated that they used an app for diabetes management. Of these, 89% (n = 77) reported carbohydrate counting as the most common purpose. Of those not using apps, 44% (n = 149) indicated that this was due either to no awareness of suitable apps or a belief that apps could not help. App usage was associated significantly with shorter T1D duration, higher socioeconomic status, and at least seven daily blood glucose checks.

CONCLUSIONS: Only one in five respondents were using apps to support their diabetes management; most apps used were not diabetes specific. App users can be characterized as having a more recent T1D diagnosis, checking blood glucose more frequently, and being from a middle-to-high socioeconomic background.
Language eng
DOI 10.1089/dia.2016.0233
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920104 Diabetes
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Mary Ann Liebert
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