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Diabetic patients' willingness to use tele-technology to manage their disease - A descriptive study.

Saddik B, Al-Dulaijan N - Online J Public Health Inform (2015)

Bottom Line: However, a minority (11.3%) indicated willingness to use the system daily and only half indicated preference to use it once a week (53.8%).Patients who were younger, had higher education levels, were employed, had internet access and had Type II diabetes were significantly more likely to report willingness to use the technology.Diabetic patients could be ready to play a more active role in their care if given the opportunity.

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Affiliation: College of Public Health and Health Informatics, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

ABSTRACT

Objectives: Diabetes mellitus is a public health concern worldwide. TeleHealth technology may be an effective tool for empowering patients in the self-management of diabetes mellitus. However despite the great impact of diabetes on healthcare in Saudi Arabia, no research has investigated diabetic patients' willingness to use this technology. This study investigates diabetic patients' willingness to use tele-technology as a tool to monitor their disease.

Methods: Data were collected from diabetic patients attending the diabetes education clinic at the Ministry of National Guard Health Affairs (MNGHA) in the Eastern region of Saudi Arabia over a three month period. A survey was developed which measured patients' willingness to use tele-technology in the self-management of their diabetes as well as their perceived expectations from the technology.

Results: The study found that the majority of patients were willing to use tele-technology to self- monitor their diabetes. However, a minority (11.3%) indicated willingness to use the system daily and only half indicated preference to use it once a week (53.8%). Patients who were younger, had higher education levels, were employed, had internet access and had Type II diabetes were significantly more likely to report willingness to use the technology.

Conclusions: Diabetic patients could be ready to play a more active role in their care if given the opportunity. Results from this study could serve as a baseline for future studies to develop targeted interventions by trialing tele-technology on a sample of the diabetic population. Patients with diabetes need to be in charge of their own care in order to improve health outcomes across the country.

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Mentions: Figure 1 shows that the majority of patientsevaluated the quality of information they received from their doctor highly andreported that their questions were always answered sufficiently. In terms of theirdiabetes self-management habits, a high percentage reported that they measured theirblood sugar levels at home and only half reported doing so regularly (46%). Of thepatients who reported using a method to document their self-management, almost all(95.3%) reported using a paper diary as their current method for documentation.


Diabetic patients' willingness to use tele-technology to manage their disease - A descriptive study.

Saddik B, Al-Dulaijan N - Online J Public Health Inform (2015)

Patients' self-management habits and willingness to use tele-technology
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f1: Patients' self-management habits and willingness to use tele-technology
Mentions: Figure 1 shows that the majority of patientsevaluated the quality of information they received from their doctor highly andreported that their questions were always answered sufficiently. In terms of theirdiabetes self-management habits, a high percentage reported that they measured theirblood sugar levels at home and only half reported doing so regularly (46%). Of thepatients who reported using a method to document their self-management, almost all(95.3%) reported using a paper diary as their current method for documentation.

Bottom Line: However, a minority (11.3%) indicated willingness to use the system daily and only half indicated preference to use it once a week (53.8%).Patients who were younger, had higher education levels, were employed, had internet access and had Type II diabetes were significantly more likely to report willingness to use the technology.Diabetic patients could be ready to play a more active role in their care if given the opportunity.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: College of Public Health and Health Informatics, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

ABSTRACT

Objectives: Diabetes mellitus is a public health concern worldwide. TeleHealth technology may be an effective tool for empowering patients in the self-management of diabetes mellitus. However despite the great impact of diabetes on healthcare in Saudi Arabia, no research has investigated diabetic patients' willingness to use this technology. This study investigates diabetic patients' willingness to use tele-technology as a tool to monitor their disease.

Methods: Data were collected from diabetic patients attending the diabetes education clinic at the Ministry of National Guard Health Affairs (MNGHA) in the Eastern region of Saudi Arabia over a three month period. A survey was developed which measured patients' willingness to use tele-technology in the self-management of their diabetes as well as their perceived expectations from the technology.

Results: The study found that the majority of patients were willing to use tele-technology to self- monitor their diabetes. However, a minority (11.3%) indicated willingness to use the system daily and only half indicated preference to use it once a week (53.8%). Patients who were younger, had higher education levels, were employed, had internet access and had Type II diabetes were significantly more likely to report willingness to use the technology.

Conclusions: Diabetic patients could be ready to play a more active role in their care if given the opportunity. Results from this study could serve as a baseline for future studies to develop targeted interventions by trialing tele-technology on a sample of the diabetic population. Patients with diabetes need to be in charge of their own care in order to improve health outcomes across the country.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus