International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development

International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development


International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development
International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development
Vol. 7, Issue 2 (2020)

Study of awareness of m-health applications among under-graduate medical students of Nootan medical college, Visnagar


Dr. Soha A Ghasura

Mobile health, a term used for the practice of medicine and public health supported by mobile devices. The m Health field has emerged as a sub-segment of E-health, the use of information and communication technology (ICT), such as computers, mobile phones, satellites, patient monitors, etc., for health services and information. M Health applications include the use of mobile devices in collecting community and clinical health data, delivery of healthcare information to practitioners, researchers and patients, real-time monitoring of patient vital signs, the direct provision of care via mobile telemedicine as well as training and collaboration of health workers.Aim: To study the awareness of m-health among undergraduate students in a government medical college and to determine how many people would like to use m-health in their practice.Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted from November 2019 to December 2019 in first year medical students of Nootan Medical College. M-health survey questionnaires were designed and distributed among medical undergraduates, and their knowledge and attitudes toward m-health were assessed. Descriptive statistics on their knowledge, attitude and utilization patterns were calculated.Results: About 136 respondents who had given verbal consent were included in the study. The response rate was 45%. Out of 136 students; 73 (53.67%) were males while 63 (46%) were females. The mean age of the participants was 21.5 ±2.5 years. Of this total, 57% had heard of e-health prior to the survey; 28% were of the opinion that healthcare professionals should hear about e-health in medical college; 50.5% believed that e-health services for developing countries were useful in general. According to 40.3%, more information on successful e- health projects would be necessary to introduce M-health services into medical practice. Self-education, and better diagnosis and treatments were the main motivational factors to use e-health. Of those surveyed, 67.2% had access to Internet but most of them had not used m-health apps more than once in half a year.Conclusion: Students at our institute had a fair but not adequate understanding of benefits of m-health. Incorporating more information on digital health in undergraduate curriculum would enhance the quality of medical graduation and help to treat patients through e health resources like tele consultation and android applications. Review and references by media and respected medical experts was considered most important for downloading an e-health service. The present study demonstrates a lack of adequate knowledge about m-health among medical undergraduates. However, a majority believed that m-health hasa very important role to play in present and future healthcare.
Pages : 64-66 | 325 Views | 80 Downloads