Mobile phones as mediators of health behavior change in cardiovascular disease in developing countries

Connie V. Chan, David R. Kaufman

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Abstract

The global burden of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) is becoming a growing problem in developing countries. Successful self-management of CVD is dependent on a multitude of factors, including social support, communication with health care providers, careful monitoring, and other determinants. The growing market penetration and the communication properties of mobile phones create opportunities for innovation in promoting CVD self-management through support of lifestyle and behavior modification. Mobile phones support various modes of communication and interaction, have fewer adoption barriers, and are more prevalent than other available technologies in developing countries. However, mobile phone interventions are not without many challenges such as mobile infrastructure, electric infrastructure, access to mobile devices, and appropriate user interfaces for interaction. In this paper, we discuss current evidence as well as research opportunities to explore the role of mobile phones in supporting behavior modification in developing countries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Information Technology and Communication in Health
PublisherIOS Press
Pages453-458
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781586039790
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009
Event2009 Conference on Advances in Information Technology and Communication in Health: Revolutionizing Health Care with Informatics - From Research to Practice, ITCH 2009 - Victoria, BC, Canada
Duration: Feb 19 2009Feb 22 2009

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Volume143
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365

Other

Other2009 Conference on Advances in Information Technology and Communication in Health: Revolutionizing Health Care with Informatics - From Research to Practice, ITCH 2009
CountryCanada
CityVictoria, BC
Period2/19/092/22/09

Keywords

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Developing countries
  • Health behavior change
  • Mobile technologies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management

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    Chan, C. V., & Kaufman, D. R. (2009). Mobile phones as mediators of health behavior change in cardiovascular disease in developing countries. In Advances in Information Technology and Communication in Health (pp. 453-458). (Studies in Health Technology and Informatics; Vol. 143). IOS Press. https://doi.org/10.3233/978-1-58603-979-0-453