Exploratory study of clinician and patient views regarding the use of a preconception care app for women with diabetes

Chidiebere Hope Nwolise, Nicola Carey, Jill Shawe

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Abstract

Women with diabetes are at increased risk of adverse maternal and foetal outcomes. Preconception care can minimise risk of complications and improve outcomes, but current provision is inadequate. Electronic health technology, particularly apps, could improve preconception care provision but research is lacking in this area. The aim of this article is to explore the views and experiences of clinicians and women with diabetes regarding the use of a mobile app for preconception care. An exploratory study was conducted. Data were collected using focus group and interviews with 19 participants, comprising 10 clinicians and 9 women with type 1 or 2 diabetes. Data were analysed thematically. Women with diabetes and clinicians highlighted the inadequacy and challenges of current preconception care service provision and expressed a high level of enthusiasm and interest, towards a preconception care app that could support preconception care delivery for women with diabetes and overcome barriers to preconception care service provision and uptake. The acceptability of mobile health technology to both women and clinicians creates an important opportunity to overcome existing barriers to service provision, delivery and uptake, and improve both maternal and foetal outcomes for women with diabetes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2673-2688
Number of pages16
JournalHealth Informatics Journal
Volume26
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020

Keywords

  • diabetes mellitus
  • education
  • mobile applications
  • preconception care
  • smartphone
  • technology
  • women

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