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Stud Health Technol Inform. 2018;248:314-321.

Two-Stage Evaluation of a Telehealth Nutrition Management Service in Support of Diabesity Therapy.

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1
AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Graz, Austria.
2
Versicherung für Eisenbahnen und Bergbau (VAEB), Vienna, Austria.
3
Department of Internal Medicine, Medical University of Graz, Graz, Austria.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Diabesity, a combination of diabetes mellitus type 2 and obesity, is one of the biggest global health problems. Individual nutrition therapy and physical activity are effective measures in prevention and treatment.

METHODS:

Requirements for an integrated diabesity service were specified and evaluated in two stages. The aim of the first stage was to perform a feasibility trial in patients with diabesity, using separate diaries. DiabMemory for diabetes and Nutrinaut for nutrition. Based on the results of the first stage, a prototype of an integrated diabesity solution (KIT-Nutriton, AIT) was developed and evaluated.

RESULTS:

First stage trial was performed with 10 diabesity patients (2f, med:53 y. (IQR:7), T2DM, BMI &gt; 28 kg/m<sup>2</sup>) with 3 months follow-up and a significant reduction of BMI. Participants noticed concerns about using two separate diary solutions. Results of the field trial with KIT-Nutrition with 14 healthy subjects (3f, med:26 y (IQR: 20,25)) showed that overall, 77.6% of the intended tasks had been achieved.

CONCLUSION:

Results show that the integrated KIT-Nutrition app, providing access to a nutrition database, is feasible and accepted by the users. Before further trials can be made, an extension for regional food terms is recommended.

KEYWORDS:

Android; Diabetes Mellitus; Nutrition Assessment; Obesity; Telemedicine

PMID:
29726453
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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