Entry for:150 Years of Discovery: Emerging Research
1. Please provide a brief summary of your video and research.
The increasing prevalence of diabetes and costly long-term complications associated with poor glycaemic control are issues facing health services internationally. For people with diabetes, engagement with self-management is critical for successful outcomes particularly in those with poor control. There is a need for innovative tools to deliver self-management interventions, and there is growing evidence for the use of mobile health (mHealth) for this purpose. Self-Management Support for Blood Glucose (SMS4BG) is a novel text message-based intervention for supporting people with diabetes to improve self-management behaviours and achieve better glycaemic control and is tailored to individual patient preferences, demographics, clinical characteristics, and culture. The development of SMS4BG included extensive formative work and end-user engagement to ensure it meets the needs of the population it is designed to reach, is evidence based, and theoretically grounded. A pilot study found SMS4BG to be acceptable and perceived as useful, and a randomised controlled trial confirmed its effectiveness in improving diabetes control in adults across New Zealand.
2. Do you have a video hashtag for sharing via twitter?