Factors affecting acceptability and usability of technological approaches to diabetes self-management: A case study

Ann M. Vuong, John C. Huber, Jane N. Bolin, Marcia G. Ory, Darcy M. Moudouni, Janet Helduser, Dawn Begaye, Timethia J. Bonner, Samuel N. Forjuoh

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Abstract

Purpose: This study explored the impact of personal digital assistant (PDA) features, users' perceptions, and other factors that may have hindered PDA acceptability and usability as technology advances in e-health diabetes self-management. Study Design and Results: An ongoing study on PDA usage is set within the context of the advancements of Web 2.0 for type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) self-management e-interventions. Advancements in technology as it relates to the future of T2DM mobile applications are discussed as possible deterrents of PDA acceptability and usability. Conclusions: This case study illustrates the importance of addressing factors that may impede the adoption of electronic devices intended for sustained health behavior change. Recognizing the importance of individual perception within the context of rapid technological advancements is imperative for designing future health interventions. Incorporating electronic devices that individuals are more inclined to utilize, such as smartphones, as the platform for health interventions is a promising strategy to improve acceptability and usability, allowing researchers to more accurately assess the health benefits of self-management programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1178-1182
Number of pages5
JournalDiabetes Technology and Therapeutics
Volume14
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology
  • Medical Laboratory Technology

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