Healthcare Informatics & Health Information Technology (SIG Health)

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Complete

Paper Number

1613

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Maternal health challenges constitute a major burden to healthcare systems in developing countries. The challenges of maternal health are more rampant in rural communities as compared to urban communities. Despite technological advancements such as mobile applications for healthcare (mHealth), there is a dearth of research conducted to support the development of self-management mHealth applications that address health challenges unique to maternal health in low-resource settings. The purpose of this study was to establish what essential components are required to develop self-management mHealth applications to support maternal health in low-resource settings. A qualitative approach was applied in this study. The study was conducted in three phases. The findings revealed components such as tools, activities and approaches for developing mHealth technologies to support self-management in pregnancy for women in low-resource settings. The findings of this study extended existing knowledge on what is known about mHealth for self-management in low-resource settings.

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mHealth for Self-Management in Pregnancy: Identifying Essential Components for Women in Low-Resource Settings

Maternal health challenges constitute a major burden to healthcare systems in developing countries. The challenges of maternal health are more rampant in rural communities as compared to urban communities. Despite technological advancements such as mobile applications for healthcare (mHealth), there is a dearth of research conducted to support the development of self-management mHealth applications that address health challenges unique to maternal health in low-resource settings. The purpose of this study was to establish what essential components are required to develop self-management mHealth applications to support maternal health in low-resource settings. A qualitative approach was applied in this study. The study was conducted in three phases. The findings revealed components such as tools, activities and approaches for developing mHealth technologies to support self-management in pregnancy for women in low-resource settings. The findings of this study extended existing knowledge on what is known about mHealth for self-management in low-resource settings.

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