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Nurs Open. 2019 Apr 14;6(3):1013-1021. doi: 10.1002/nop2.282. eCollection 2019 Jul.

The use of mobile technology to facilitate self-management in adults with type 1 diabetes: A qualitative explorative approach.

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NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre, Clinical Research Unit, Churchill Hospital University of Oxford Oxford UK.
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences Oxford Brookes University Oxford UK.
Department of Computing and Communication Technologies Oxford Brookes University Oxford UK.



(a) To explore how mobile technology can support self-management in adults with type 1 diabetes (T1DM). (b) To inform a usability study in the design of a mobile application to facilitate self-management of T1DM.


Qualitative exploratory design.


Semi-structured interviews were undertaken with adults with T1DM (N = 8). The data collected were analysed using a thematic analysis approach.


Mobile technology has the potential to support adults in their self-management of T1DM through facilitating their decision-making, saving time and enabling them to easily share their data with their healthcare professional. Participants identified four main visualization characteristics for technology to aid in decision-making; relationships between inputs, trends, graphs and colours, and identified essential features such as ease of use, convenience and connectivity.


mobile applications; nurse; nursing; qualitative research; self‐management; support; technology; type 1 diabetes T1DM; visualizations

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No conflict of interest has been declared by the author(s).

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