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Mobile health technology in the prevention and management of Type 2 diabetes

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posted on 2017-03-01, 00:00 authored by Shruti Muralidharan, H Ranjani, R M Anjana, Steven AllenderSteven Allender, V Mohan
Essential steps in diabetes prevention and management include translating research into the real world, improving access to health care, empowering the community, collaborative efforts involving physicians, diabetes educators, nurses, and public health scientists, and access to diabetes prevention and management efforts. Mobile phone technology has shown wide acceptance across various ages and socioeconomic groups and offers several opportunities in health care including self-management as well as prevention of Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). The future seems to lie in mobile health (mHealth) applications that can use embedded technology to showcase advanced uses of a smartphone to help with prevention and management of chronic disorders such as T2DM. This article presents a narrative review of the mHealth technologies used for the prevention and management of T2DM. Majority (48%) of the studies used short message service (SMS) technology as their intervention while some studies (29%) incorporated applications for medication reminders and insulin optimization for T2DM management. Few studies (23%) showed that, along with mHealth technology, health-care professionals' support resulted in added positive outcomes for the patients. This review highlights the fact that an mHealth intervention need not be restricted to SMS alone.

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Journal

Indian journal of endocrinology and metabolism

Volume

21

Issue

2

Pagination

334 - 340

Publisher

Medknow Publications and Media

Location

Mumbai, India

ISSN

2230-8210

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article; C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2017, Indian Journal of Endochrinology and Metabolism

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