Exploring the Need for Mobile Application in Stroke Management by Informal Caregivers: A Qualitative Study

Haji Mukhti, Muhammad Iqbal, Ibrahim, Mohd Ismail, Ismail, Tengku Alina Tengku, Nadal, Iliatha Papachristou, Kamalakannan, Sureshkumar, Kinra, Sanjay, Abdullah, Jafri Malin and Musa, Kamarul Imran (2022) Exploring the Need for Mobile Application in Stroke Management by Informal Caregivers: A Qualitative Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19 (19). p. 12959. ISSN 1661-7827

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Background: Mobile health (mHealth) has been considered as a prominent concept in digitalhealth and is widely used and easily accessible. Periodic follow‐up visits, previously planned procedures, and rehabilitation services for stroke survivors have been cut down during the recent COVID‐19 pandemic. Therefore, in this qualitative study we aimed to explore the need for a mobile application in stroke management by informal caregivers.

Methods: A phenomenological qualitative study was conducted from November 2020 to June 2021. Thirteen respondents were recruited from two public rehabilitation centers in Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia. In‐depth interviews wereconducted. A comprehensive representation of perspectives from the respondents was achieved through purposive sampling. The interviews were conducted in the Kelantanese dialect, recorded, transcribed, and analyzed by using thematic analysis.

Results: Thirteen participants were involved in the interviews. All of them agreed with the need for a mobile application in stroke management. They believed the future stroke application will help them to seek information, continuous stroke home care, and help in the welfare of caregivers and stroke patients.

Conclusions: The current study revealed two themes with respective subthemes that were identified, namely, self‐seeking for information and reasons for using a stroke mobile application in the future. This application helps in reducing healthcare costs, enhancing the rehabilitation process, facilitating patient engagement in decision making, and the continuous monitoring of patient health.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding information: Funding: This study received funding from the Newton Ungku‐Omar Fund. The Newton Ungku-Omar Fund is a matching grant from the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia (Universiti Sains Malaysia: 203/PPSP/6780003) and the Medical Research Council, UK (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine: MR/T018968/1).
Uncontrolled Keywords: mobile application, stroke management, informal caregivers, healthcare digitalization, rehabilitation
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2022 10:35
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2022 10:45
URI: https://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/50351

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