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The role of mobile applications in improving alcohol health literacy in young adults with Type 1 Diabetes: help or hindrance?

The role of mobile applications in improving alcohol health literacy in young adults with Type 1 Diabetes: help or hindrance?
The role of mobile applications in improving alcohol health literacy in young adults with Type 1 Diabetes: help or hindrance?
BACKGROUND: Mobile health (mHealth) is an expanding field which includes the use of social media and mobile applications (apps). Apps are used in diabetes self-management but it is unclear whether these are being used to support safe drinking of alcohol by people with type 1 diabetes (T1DM). Alcohol health literacy is poor among young adults with T1DM despite specific associated risks.

METHODS: Systematic literature review followed by critical appraisal of commercially available apps. An eSurvey investigating access to mHealth technology, attitudes toward apps for diabetes management and their use to improve alcohol health literacy was completed by participants.

RESULTS: Of 315 articles identified in the literature search, 7 met the inclusion criteria. Ten diabetes apps were available, most of which lacked the educational features recommended by clinical guidelines. In all, 27 women and 8 men with T1DM, aged 19-31 years were surveyed. Of them, 32 had access to a smartphone/tablet; 29 used apps; 20 used/had used diabetes apps; 3 had used apps related to alcohol and diabetes; 11 had discussed apps with their health care team; 22 felt more communication with their health care team would increase awareness of alcohol-associated risks.

CONCLUSIONS: Use of mobile apps is commonplace but the use of apps to support safe drinking in this population was rare. Most participants expressed a preference for direct communication with their health care teams about this subject. Further research is needed to determine the preferences of health care professionals and how they can best support young adults in safe drinking.
alcohol, diabetes, mHealth, mobile apps, smartphone
1932-2968
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Tamony, P.
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Holt, R.I.G.
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Barnard, Katharine
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Barnard, Katharine
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Tamony, P., Holt, R.I.G. and Barnard, Katharine (2015) The role of mobile applications in improving alcohol health literacy in young adults with Type 1 Diabetes: help or hindrance? Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, 1-8. (doi:10.1177/1932296815588559). (PMID:26251369)

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BACKGROUND: Mobile health (mHealth) is an expanding field which includes the use of social media and mobile applications (apps). Apps are used in diabetes self-management but it is unclear whether these are being used to support safe drinking of alcohol by people with type 1 diabetes (T1DM). Alcohol health literacy is poor among young adults with T1DM despite specific associated risks.

METHODS: Systematic literature review followed by critical appraisal of commercially available apps. An eSurvey investigating access to mHealth technology, attitudes toward apps for diabetes management and their use to improve alcohol health literacy was completed by participants.

RESULTS: Of 315 articles identified in the literature search, 7 met the inclusion criteria. Ten diabetes apps were available, most of which lacked the educational features recommended by clinical guidelines. In all, 27 women and 8 men with T1DM, aged 19-31 years were surveyed. Of them, 32 had access to a smartphone/tablet; 29 used apps; 20 used/had used diabetes apps; 3 had used apps related to alcohol and diabetes; 11 had discussed apps with their health care team; 22 felt more communication with their health care team would increase awareness of alcohol-associated risks.

CONCLUSIONS: Use of mobile apps is commonplace but the use of apps to support safe drinking in this population was rare. Most participants expressed a preference for direct communication with their health care teams about this subject. Further research is needed to determine the preferences of health care professionals and how they can best support young adults in safe drinking.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 6 August 2015
Keywords: alcohol, diabetes, mHealth, mobile apps, smartphone
Organisations: Faculty of Medicine

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Local EPrints ID: 380216
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/380216
ISSN: 1932-2968
PURE UUID: d26f2295-9c76-48ee-95a0-f71066083269
ORCID for R.I.G. Holt: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-8911-6744

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Date deposited: 07 Sep 2015 12:40
Last modified: 18 Feb 2021 16:56

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Author: P. Tamony
Author: R.I.G. Holt ORCID iD
Author: Katharine Barnard

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