mHealth Technology as a Persuasive Tool for Treatment, Care and Management of Persons Living with HIV
Published Date:Jun 2015
Source:AIDS Behav. 2015; 19(0 2):81-89.
Community Health Services
Fogg&apos;s Functional Role Triad
Interviews As Topic
Mobile Health (mHealth) Technology
New York City
Primary Health Care
Quality Of Health Care
Pubmed Central ID:PMC4497931
Funding:1U01PS00371501/PS/NCHHSTP CDC HHS/United States
K12 RR017648/RR/NCRR NIH HHS/United States
Description:Mobile health (mHealth) technology can be a valuable tool in the management of chronic illnesses, including HIV. Qualitative research methods were used to identify the desired content and features of a mobile app for meeting and improving the healthcare needs of persons living with HIV (PLWH). We conducted six focus group sessions with 50 English-or Spanish-speaking PLWH in New York City. To inform data analysis and to illustrate how mHealth technology can be used as a persuasive strategy for improving the health of PLWH, we integrated Fogg&apos;s functional role triad for computing technology model with the self-determination theory to illustrate how mHealth technology can be used as a persuasive strategy for improving the health of PLWH. Participants suggested several tools for meeting their healthcare needs, including: reminders/alerts, lab results tracking, and notes on health status. mHealth technology can function as a social actor by providing chat boxes/forums, testimonials of lived experiences, and personal outreach. Examples of media that can be used as a persuasive technology include games/virtual rewards, coding of health tasks, and simulations on how to connect with PLWH. Findings from these focus groups can be used to design a mobile app for PLWH that is targeted to meet their healthcare needs.
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