University of Surrey

Test tubes in the lab Research in the ATI Dance Research

Reducing Unintentional Injuries in under Fives: Development and Testing of a Mobile Phone App

Jones, Felicity, Whitehouse, Ali, Dopson, Amy, Palaghias, Niklas, Aldiss, Susie, Gibson, Faith and Shawe, Jill (2019) Reducing Unintentional Injuries in under Fives: Development and Testing of a Mobile Phone App Child: Care, Health and Development.

[img] Text
Reducing Unintentional Injuries in under Fives - AAM.docx - Accepted version Manuscript
Restricted to Repository staff only until 29 November 2020.

Download (60kB)

Abstract

Background: Unintentional injuries are a leading cause of preventable death and a major cause of ill health and disability in children under five years of age. A health promotion mobile phone application, ‘Grow up Safely’, was developed to support parents and carers in reducing unintentional injuries in this population of children.

Methods: A prototype of the mobile application was developed to deliver health education on unintentional injury prevention linked to stages of child development. In order to explore the usability of the app and refine its content, three focus groups were conducted with 15 mothers. Data were analysed using thematic analysis.

Results: The majority of participants reported previous use of health apps, mainly related to pregnancy, and recommended by health professionals. The app was considered user‐friendly and easy to navigate. Participants in two focus groups found the app informative, offered new information and they would consider using it. Participants in the ‘young mum's’ group considered the advice to be ‘common sense’, but found the language too complex. All participants commented that further development of push‐out notifications and endorsement by a reputable source would increase their engagement with the app.

Conclusion: The ‘Grow Up Safely’ mobile phone app, aimed at reducing unintentional injuries in children under five, was supported by mothers as a health promotion app. They would consider downloading it, particularly if recommended by a health professional or endorsed by a reputable organisation. Further development is planned with push‐out notifications and wider feasibility testing to engage targeted groups, such as young mothers, fathers and other carers.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Jones, Felicityfelicity.jones@surrey.ac.uk
Whitehouse, Alia.whitehouse@surrey.ac.uk
Dopson, AmyA.Dopson@surrey.ac.uk
Palaghias, Niklasn.palaghias@surrey.ac.uk
Aldiss, Susies.aldiss@surrey.ac.uk
Gibson, Faithf.gibson@surrey.ac.uk
Shawe, JillJ.Shawe@surrey.ac.uk
Date : 2019
DOI : 10.1111/cch.12729
OA Location : https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/cch.12729
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2019 John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Injuries; Accidents; Prevention; App development; Under fives; Health promotion; Health education; Parents
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 06 Dec 2019 08:53
Last Modified : 06 Feb 2020 14:04
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/853238

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Downloads

Downloads per month over past year


Information about this web site

© The University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH, United Kingdom.
+44 (0)1483 300800