Special Issue "Nursing Informatics: Consumer-Centred Digital Health"

A special issue of Informatics (ISSN 2227-9709). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Informatics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 March 2021).

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Diane Skiba
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Guest Editor
College of Nursing, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Center Campus, Aurora, CO 80045, USA
Interests: consumer engagement; digital health tools; informatics education
Dr. Michelle Honey
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Guest Editor
School of Nursing, The University of Auckland, Auckland 1142, New Zealand
Interests: nursing informatics; nursing education; consumer readiness for ICT

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues, 

The discipline of nursing informatics has thrived over the last decade. Nursing informaticists are working across the globe to guide the use of technologies to provide safe, efficient, and quality care for patients. In the past, nursing informatics focused on the implementation of electronic health records and other clinical systems. In 2020 and beyond, we will witness the expansion of patient-centered digital health tools within an ever-changing digital health ecosystem. Trends in virtual care, consumer participation, digital health tools, artificial intelligence, robotics, and precision health have all facilitated the transformation of the health care delivery system. In this Special Issue, we are interested in articles related to the use of digital health tools to foster patient- or consumer-centered care.

Prof. Dr. Diane Skiba
Dr. Michelle Honey
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • Apps
  • Telehealth
  • Virtual visits
  • Preparation of nurses to work in the digital ecosystem
  • Patient portals
  • Health literacy
  • Chatbots
  • Virtual patient monitoring
  • Wearables

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Digital Educational Support Groups Administered through WhatsApp Messenger Improve Health-Related Knowledge and Health Behaviors of New Adolescent Mothers in the Dominican Republic: A Multi-Method Study
Informatics 2020, 7(4), 51; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/informatics7040051 - 05 Nov 2020
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(1) Background: In limited-resource settings such as the Dominican Republic, many factors contribute to poor health outcomes experienced by adolescent mothers, including insufficient support and/or health knowledge. In response, we designed a digital educational support group, administered through WhatsApp Messenger, for new [...] Read more.
(1) Background: In limited-resource settings such as the Dominican Republic, many factors contribute to poor health outcomes experienced by adolescent mothers, including insufficient support and/or health knowledge. In response, we designed a digital educational support group, administered through WhatsApp Messenger, for new adolescent mothers. The purpose of this study was to assess if participation in this digital support group could improve health outcomes and health behaviors. (2) Methods: Participants completed questionnaires with a health literacy screener, demographic items, knowledge questions, the Index of Autonomous Functioning, and five Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System scales before and after the moderator-led intervention. Differences between pre- and post-intervention scores were calculated and perceptions of the intervention were explored through in-depth interviews analyzed with content analysis. Participants’ well-baby visit attendance and contraceptive use were compared to that of controls and a national sample. (3) Results: Participants’ (N = 58) knowledge scores increased (p < 0.05). Participants were 6.58 times more likely to attend well-baby visits than controls (95% CI: 2.23–19.4) and their contraceptive use was higher than that of the national sample (p < 0.05). Participants indicated the intervention was enjoyable and beneficial. (4) Conclusion: This adolescent-centered digital intervention is a promising method to improve health outcomes and health behaviors of young mothers in limited-resource settings. Full article
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