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dc.contributor.advisorWambach, Karen
dc.contributor.authorConnor, Kelley
dc.date.accessioned2019-06-12T02:40:20Z
dc.date.available2019-06-12T02:40:20Z
dc.date.issued2018-05-31
dc.date.submitted2018
dc.identifier.otherhttp://dissertations.umi.com/ku:15797
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1808/29301
dc.description.abstractThe number of mobile health applications for perinatal women has grown more than any other type of health application. The reason for this growth is likely due to the number of women who have mobile devices, the comfort level perinatal women have for accessing information on the internet, and the desire women have for health information while having children. Despite the growth in availability, there is limited information in the literature about the clinical use of perinatal mobile health applications as educational tools. The purpose of this study was to evaluate and assess the perinatal mobile health application marketplace and to understand the perceptions of women who used them for health information during childbearing. This information is important for healthcare providers, app developers, and the development of mobile health application standards and guidelines. The number of perinatal mobile health applications were assessed along with the information provided by the apps. Then, a select group of applications that supplied significant perinatal content were further evaluated for content accuracy, usability and security by women’s health experts. Key findings were that there were several available applications but many did not supply recommended educational content. Most applications evaluated by women’s health experts were found to be satisfactory. To understand women’s perceptions of perinatal mobile health applications, study participants were interviewed using a guide derived from concepts in the Health Information Technology Acceptance Model. Themes that emerged from this study were that women are able to gain support for their pregnancy through the use of mobile applications, they like that information is personalized to them based on their gestational age, and they expected providers to be able to recommend applications to them. Based on findings from this study, recommendations for healthcare providers are to find out what health applications are commonly used by patients in their practice and evaluate them using a systematic scoring system such as the Healthcare Smartphone Applications Evaluation Tool. Based on evaluations, providers should consider recommending a selection of health applications to future patients. Application developers should work with healthcare providers or professional healthcare organizations to ensure content accuracy. In addition, they should develop apps based on established guidelines and seek strategies to personalize information distributed to users. Mobile health application guidelines are currently being developed by healthcare organizations working in collaboration. These guidelines should include a process for verifying health application quality and provide a resource for providers to review and share evaluations of health applications.
dc.format.extent150 pages
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversity of Kansas
dc.rightsCopyright held by the author.
dc.subjectNursing
dc.subjectapplications
dc.subjectmobile health
dc.subjectpatient education
dc.subjectperinatal
dc.titlePERINATAL mHEALTH APPS: AN EVALUATION OF CONTENT AND THE PERCEPTIONS OF WOMEN WHO USE THEM
dc.typeDissertation
dc.contributor.cmtememberBaird, Martha
dc.contributor.cmtememberManos, LaVerne
dc.contributor.cmtememberConley, Quincy
dc.contributor.cmtememberGoetz, Jeannine
dc.thesis.degreeDisciplineNursing
dc.thesis.degreeLevelPh.D.
dc.identifier.orcid0000-0002-5054-9275
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