Smartphones Can Improve Health of Poor Urban Women

Thursday, July 23, 2015

With a large majority of poor urban women having access to cellphones, the device can be used to improve the health of those at risk of diabetes and other diseases during their childbearing years, says a new study.

In the survey of a diverse group of almost 250 young, low-income, inner-city pregnant and postpartum women, the researchers found that more than 90 percent use smartphones or regular cellphones to give and get information.

“Pinning down which technologies the at-risk women use is a key step in finding how to improve health in the inner city,” said study senior author Wendy Bennett, assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

The findings, published in the Journal of Internet Medicine Research, suggest that public health care services can reach poor urban women through personalised cellphone and internet-based approaches.

Source: The Times of India (link opens in a new window)

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