Heart disease patients receive social support in the palm of their hands
October 1, 2016
A pilot study of a social networking app for women with heart disease, led by the Heart and Stroke Foundation in collaboration with CoHeaRT's Drs. Scott Lear and Brodie Sakakibara, showed that the application was effective at helping users manage their health. According to results, participants were happy with the concept of using m-health for peer support, and after 10 weeks of using the program, there were improvements in participants' health behaviours, self-monitoring, social support and social integration.
The Healing Circles mobile health app, developed by Curatio, allows women to share their experience, knowledge, manage their condition and connect with experts from the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Dr. Sakakibara won best abstract and presented the results of the Healing Circles study at Heart + Lung Health FEST 2016.