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Exploring the acceptability and feasibility of a preconception and diabetes information app for women with pregestational diabetes: a mixed methods study protocol

Chidiebere, Hope Nwolise, Carey, Nicola and Shawe, Jill (2017) Exploring the acceptability and feasibility of a preconception and diabetes information app for women with pregestational diabetes: a mixed methods study protocol Digital Health, 3. pp. 1-11.

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Abstract

Background Women with diabetes are at increased risk of adverse maternal and fetal outcomes. Preconception care can improve pregnancy outcomes and is paramount to minimise complications, but, current provision is sub-optimal. Mobile technology, particularly smartphones and apps have the potential to improve preconception care provision but research is lacking in this area. The need to use modern technologies to improve preconception care knowledge and awareness led to the development of a Preconception and Diabetes Information app in stage A of this study. Objective The aim of this paper, stage B of the study, is to explore the feasibility and acceptability of the Preconception and Diabetes Information app to improve preconception care knowledge and attitudes in women with diabetes, and explore the potential for wider implementation. Methods A mixed methods study design adopting a quasi-experimental approach will assess women’s knowledge and attitudes related to preconception care, and level of patient activation (knowledge and confidence for self-management of health) before and after the 3 month intervention period. A log of activity will be used to determine engagement with the app and semi-structured interviews will explore women’s experiences. Conclusions This is the first study to explore the acceptability and feasibility of a Preconception and Diabetes Information app for women with diabetes. The app has potential to change the way preconception care is delivered, improve pregnancy outcomes and be widely implemented in both developed and developing countries. This is important given the considerable shortfalls in current preconception care services in the United Kingdom and around the world.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Chidiebere, Hope NwoliseUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Carey, NicolaN.Carey@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Shawe, JillJ.Shawe@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Date : 30 August 2017
Identification Number : 10.1177/2055207617726418
Copyright Disclaimer : © The Author(s) 2017. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 License (http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/) which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work as published without adaptation or alteration, without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).
Uncontrolled Keywords : Preconception care; Education; Diabetes mellitus; Women; Smartphones; Mobile applications; Mobile health; Technology
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 25 Jul 2017 09:55
Last Modified : 15 Sep 2017 09:20
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/841744

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