SMARTWOMAN™: Feasibility assessment of a smartphone app to control cardiovascular risk factors in vulnerable diabetic women.

Abstract:

BACKGROUND/HYPOTHESIS:SMARTWOMAN™ was designed to develop and assess the feasibility of a smartphone app to control cardiovascular risk factors in vulnerable diabetic women. METHODS:Fourteen African-American women with diabetes and without known cardiovascular disease were enrolled. A weight-scale, glucometer, sphygmomanometer, and FitBit were synchronized to the smartphone, and text messaging was provided. Follow-up was 6 months. RESULTS:Patients were able to follow instructions for app use and device prompts. Weekly device reporting was 85% for blood glucose, 82.5% for daily steps, and 77% for systolic blood pressure. Patient engagement levels were 85% to 100% at 1 month and 50% to 78% at month 6. The majority reported text messages to be useful, easy to understand, and appropriate in frequency. The women indicated on the exit questionnaire that study participation increased their motivation and ability to take charge of their health. CONCLUSIONS:Use of a smartphone app to control cardiovascular risk factors appears feasible in a population of vulnerable indigent African-American diabetic women, resulted in increased patient satisfaction and positive reinforcement to healthy behaviors, and warrants a larger clinical outcome trial.

journal_name

Clin Cardiol

journal_title

Clinical cardiology

authors

Wenger NK,Williams OO,Parashar S

doi

10.1002/clc.23124

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2019-02-01 00:00:00

pages

217-221

issue

2

eissn

0160-9289

issn

1932-8737

journal_volume

42

pub_type

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