App Use and Patient Empowerment in Diabetes Self-Management

Advancing Theory-Guided mHealth Research

  • Nicola Brew-Sam

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About this book


Patient empowerment is examined as a multi-dimensional factor influencing the use of diabetes self-management apps. The research design includes three studies conducted in Singapore. Study 1 examines how features of diabetes self-management apps correspond with theoretical indicators of empowerment, as well as app quality. Study 2 uses semi-structured face-to-face interviews with diabetes patients to draw first conclusions about the relevance of empowerment for diabetes app use. Study 3 includes an online patient survey, and uses cluster analytical methods to test the preliminary Study 2 results (typology of app use), as well as binary logistic regression to compare the strength of influence of various anteceding factors on the likelihood of diabetes app use. The studies show that especially the support by private social patient networks and the medical specialties of supervising physicians play a crucial role for technology-supported self-management.


  • Defining and Categorizing Diabetes Apps for Self-Management
  • Anteceding Factors of Diabetes App Use
  • Empowerment and its Relevance for Diabetes Management

Target Groups

  • Researchers, students and practitioners in the fields of Public Health, Medicine, Health Communication, Endocrinology, Diabetes Care, Epidemiology, Health Management


The Author

Dr. Nicola Brew-Sam holds an MA in health communication (UZH Zurich) and a Ph.D. from University of Erfurt (Germany) in cooperation with Nanyang Technological University (Singapore).


Health Apps Mobile Technology Patient Self-Management Endocrinology Diabetes Care

Authors and affiliations

  • Nicola Brew-Sam
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  1. 1.RegensburgGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Publisher Name Springer, Wiesbaden
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-658-29356-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-658-29357-4
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