Use and perceptions towards information and communication technologies in patients with diabetes in a peruvian public hospital

Authors

  • Walter H. Curioso Facultad de Salud Pública y Administración, universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. Lima, Perú. Facultad de Medicina “Alberto Hurtado”, universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. Lima, Perú. Médico, magíster en salud pública. Especialista en informática biomédica.
  • Ernesto Gozzer Facultad de Salud Pública y Administración, universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. Lima, Perú. Voxiva. Lima, Perú. Médico cirujano.
  • María Valderrama Facultad de Salud Pública y Administración, universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. Lima, Perú. Obstetriz.
  • Juan Rodríguez-Abad Voxiva. Lima, Perú. Médico cirujano
  • Jaime E. Villena Facultad de Salud Pública y Administración, universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. Lima, Perú. Servicio de Endocrinología. Hospital Nacional Cayetano Heredia. Lima, Perú. Médico endocrinólogo.
  • Arturo E. Villena Facultad de Salud Pública y Administración, universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. Lima, Perú. Servicio de Endocrinología. Hospital Nacional Cayetano Heredia. Lima, Perú. Médico endocrinólogo

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17843/rpmesp.2009.262.1353

Keywords:

Internet, Cellular phone, Diabetes Mellitus, Medical informatics, Peru

Abstract

Diabetes is a global health problem with a growing number of individuals with diabetes mellitus in the world. Information and communication technologies (ICT) could play an important role in this group of patients. Objective. To report the use and perceptions regarding ICT in patients with diabetes. Material and methods. During August 2008, previously validated surveys were applied to patients with diabetes attending a national hospital in Peru. Results. Two hundred patients with diabetes were surveyed (median: 60 years old, 78.5% women). Most of them never used a computer (89.5%), E-mail (90%), Internet (92%), or chat (91.5%). Most of the participants (91.5%) never sought health information on the Internet. forty nine percent of participants make and/or receive calls using cell phones at least once a week. However, most of them (84.5% and 67%) never have sent or received text messages, respectively. Almost all of participants would like to receive information about diabetes care. Most of them (70.5% and 61.5%) expressed their interest to participate in a program to support their diabetes using cell phones and the Internet, respectively. Conclusions. Besides use of ICT was relatively low, the perception towards a system or a program using cell phones or the Internet for diabetes support is positive. It is necessary to further explore the reasons why patients do not use cell phones and/or the Internet, and to evaluate the feasibility of ICT interventions for better diabetes care.

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Published

2009-06-30

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Curioso WH, Gozzer E, Valderrama M, Rodríguez-Abad J, Villena JE, Villena AE. Use and perceptions towards information and communication technologies in patients with diabetes in a peruvian public hospital. Rev Peru Med Exp Salud Publica [Internet]. 2009 Jun. 30 [cited 2024 Apr. 16];26(2). Available from: https://rpmesp.ins.gob.pe/index.php/rpmesp/article/view/1353

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