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User requirements for prediabetes self-care application: a healthcare professional perspective


Subramaniam, Suthashini and Dhillon, Jaspaljeet Singh and Ahmad, Mohd Sharifuddin and Leong, Joyce Whye Sook and Teoh, Cameron (2017) User requirements for prediabetes self-care application: a healthcare professional perspective. In: 2nd International Conference of Reliable Information and Communication Technology (IRICT 2017), 23-24 Apr. 2017, Johor, Malaysia. (pp. 616-626).


The number of people with diabetes is increasing dreadfully in the world today. Efforts to prevent diabetes should be taken at the prediabetes stage itself, because with proper lifestyle changes, diabetes can be prevented or delayed. As such, a self-care application can help prediabetics to monitor their own health to prevent diabetes. The objective of this study is to explore the healthcare professionals’ perspectives that contribute to behavioural change in prediabetics and the user requirements for a self-care application. We conducted semi-structured interviews with eight healthcare professionals. Pre-determined set of open-ended questions were asked by the interviewer to prompt the discussion. Thematic Analysis approach was used to evaluate the responses. Overall, the health professionals were keen with the idea of empowering prediabetics to take control of their health conditions via a self-care application incorporating behaviour change techniques. Several functions were suggested to be included into the application such as forums to allow discussions among the prediabetics, coaching to communicate with healthcare professionals and peer/family support to motivate them to use the applications continuously.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Science
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-59427-9_64
Publisher: Springer
Keywords: Self-care; Behavioural change; Blood glucose; Diabetes prevention; Mobile application; Web technology
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2018 03:28
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2018 03:28
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/59525
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