The Effect Of Mobile Applications On The Adolescent Population With Type 1 Diabetes

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Introduction The use of Mobile applications in healthcare is rapidly proliferating. Mobile technologies have expanded to include applications for patients and healthcare providers. A subset of mobile technologies, Mobile health (mHealth), is defined as "mobile computing, medical sensor, and communication technologies ' that can enhance chronic disease care beyond the traditional outpatient physician-patient encounter " (Eng & Lee, 2013). This technology is used increasingly in the management of such chronic diseases like Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). This complex disease is challenging to manage in all age groups but presents special challenges in the adolescent age group. The two most common mobile technologies which have been researched in the area of diabetes disease management are: mobile software applications and communications technologies, such as text messaging. However, the question remains: How effective is this technology in improving disease management outcomes in the adolescent population with Type 1 Diabetes? Type 1 Diabetes Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the body 's immune system attacks and destroys the cells that make insulin in the pancreas. It is the third most common chronic disease in children and adolescents (Dougherty, Lipman, Hyam, & Montgomery, 2014). According to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes in the U.S. occurs in approximately 80 people each day, contributing to more than $14.9 billion in

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