Health-e mums: evaluating a smartphone app design for diabetes prevention in women with previous gestational diabetes.

O'Reilly, Sharleen and Laws, Rachel 2018, Health-e mums: evaluating a smartphone app design for diabetes prevention in women with previous gestational diabetes., Nutrition & dietetics, doi: 10.1111/1747-0080.12461.

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Title Health-e mums: evaluating a smartphone app design for diabetes prevention in women with previous gestational diabetes.
Author(s) O'Reilly, SharleenORCID iD for O'Reilly, Sharleen orcid.org/0000-0003-3547-6634
Laws, RachelORCID iD for Laws, Rachel orcid.org/0000-0003-4328-1116
Journal name Nutrition & dietetics
Total pages 8
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication Chichester, Eng.
Publication date 2018-08-14
ISSN 1446-6368
1747-0080
Keyword(s) diabetes prevention
e-health
lifestyle modification
maternal health
mobile application
postnatal
Summary AIM: Women with prior gestational diabetes have increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes postpartum. While diabetes prevention programs are effective in reducing a woman's risk, the reach of traditional face-to-face programs is poor in this population and using a mHealth approach appears to be promising. We aimed to evaluate a pilot smartphone app developed from an evidence-based diabetes prevention program specifically for women with previous gestational diabetes mellitus using a series of focus groups to explore the app functionality and messaging. METHODS: The Health-e Mums app underwent an iterative, three-phase development: initial development, wireframe development and pilot testing. Twenty-six women participated in four focus groups during the pilot-testing phase. The focus group transcripts were analysed thematically to evaluate the app functionality and user-experience. RESULTS: Focus group participants identified diabetes screening confusion and a need for personalisation as sub-themes within the app functionality theme. The user-experience exploration found generally positive findings but participants had mixed responses to the utility of video segments and applying milestones relating to diabetes prevention guidelines. CONCLUSIONS: A user-centred approach was taken to develop a diabetes prevention program app for women with prior gestational diabetes. Women were predominantly satisfied with the overall app design, how it functioned and what the user experience would be like when fully developed.
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Language eng
DOI 10.1111/1747-0080.12461
Field of Research 1111 Nutrition And Dietetics
1117 Public Health And Health Services
0908 Food Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2018, Dietitians Association of Australia
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Collection: School of Life and Environmental Sciences
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