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Outcomes of past research studies among individuals in Canada and globally

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RESULTS FOR PAST PARTICIPANTS

Healthcare provider perspectives on using mobile apps to support heart failure management

Purpose of the study 
Heart failure is a condition that occurs when the heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet the demands of the body. Many patients have difficulty following the medical and diet therapies recommended by their healthcare providers, resulting in severe symptoms and hospitalizations. Evidence suggests that using mobile apps on cellphones and tablets is a possible way to help individuals with heart failure better adhere to their therapies.

However, healthcare provider views on using such apps is unknown. Our research team sought to fill this gap through a qualitative approach using telephone interviews. We interviewed 21 healthcare providers across Canada, including cardiologists and nurses, about their needs, motivations, and challenges on the use of mobile apps to support patients with heart failure management.

Results
Our study captured healthcare provider views through 5 themes. Healthcare providers identified factors impacting app adoption such as patient age, tech savviness, access to technology, and healthcare provider workload burden. They felt that apps could increase efficiency of care by providing remote and timely care, collect, share, and assess health information, limit clinic visits, saving patients’ time and money. They also felt that apps can provide education on diet and medication and involve patients in their care by providing feedback and reinforcement. We also found app features like reminders and alarms, and quizzes to be considered useful among healthcare providers. Our findings can be used to inform the development of future mHealth apps for heart failure management.

You can learn more about these findings in our lab’s recent paper published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research Cardio. Read the full study here.

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