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Alberts NM, Badawy SM, Hodges J
Development of the incharge health mobile app to improve adherence to hydroxyurea in patients with sickle cell disease: user-centered design approach.
This study looked at how use of a newly developed mobile app called InCharge Health can help sickle cell disease (SCD) patients adhere to their prescribed medication use of hydroxyurea. Four phases were used to develop the mobile app with substantial input from users and by mapping the Health Belief Model (HBM) as the framework that guided the choice for its components. More than half of the patients reported potentially low health literacy. Preferred patient app features included 7 key components: medication reminders and tracker, disease education, communication, personalization, motivation, support during pain episodes, and social support. This information was translated into features within the app.
Citation: Alberts NM, Badawy SM, Hodges J . Development of the incharge health mobile app to improve adherence to hydroxyurea in patients with sickle cell disease: user-centered design approach. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth 2020 May 8;8(5):e14884. doi: 10.2196/14884..
Keywords: Sickle Cell Disease, Health Information Technology (HIT), Patient Adherence/Compliance, Patient Self-Management, Medication