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HealthNavigator: a mobile application for chronic disease screening and linkage to services at an urban Primary Health Network.

TitleHealthNavigator: a mobile application for chronic disease screening and linkage to services at an urban Primary Health Network.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsSeneviratne, MG, Hersch, F, Peiris, DP
JournalAust J Prim Health
Volume24
Pagination116 - 122
Date Published2018 Mar 26
ISSN1448-7527
Abstract

<p>Mobile applications (apps) are promising tools to support chronic disease screening and linkage to health services. They have the potential to increase healthcare access for vulnerable populations. The HealthNavigator app was developed to provide chronic disease risk assessments, linkage to local general practitioners (GPs) and lifestyle programs, and a personalised health report for discussion with a GP. Assessments were either self-administered or facilitated by community health workers through a Primary Health Network (PHN) initiative targeting ethnically diverse communities. In total, 1492 assessments (80.4% self-administered, 19.6% facilitated) were conducted over a 12-month period in Queensland, Australia. Of these, 26% of people screened came from postcodes representing the lowest quartile of socioeconomic disadvantage. When compared against self-administered assessments, subjects screened by the facilitated program were more likely to be born outside Australia (80.5 v. 33.2%, P<0.001), and to fall within a high risk category based on cardiovascular risk scores (19.8 v. 13.7%, P<0.01) and type 2 diabetes mellitus risk scores (58.0 v. 40.1%, P<0.001). Mobile apps embedded into PHN programs may be a useful adjunct for the implementation of community screening programs. Further research is needed to determine their effect on health service access and health outcomes.</p>

DOI10.1071/PY17070
Alternate JournalAust J Prim Health
PubMed ID29576044
English