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Effect of a mobile-based educational app on blood pressure of patients with hypertension
  1. Fereshteh Falah1,
  2. S A Sajadi2 and
  3. A H Pishgooie1
  1. 1Faculty of Nursing, Aja University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Tehran, Iran (the Islamic Republic of)
  2. 2Nursing Management Department, Faculty of Nursing, Aja University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Tehran, Iran (the Islamic Republic of)
  1. Correspondence to Dr S A Sajadi, Nursing Management, Aja University of Medical Sciences Faculty of Nursing, Tehran, Iran (the Islamic Republic of); arasajadi{at}yahoo.com

Abstract

Background Hypertension is known as one of the most important non-communicable pervasive diseases.

Objective The purpose of the present study was to determine the effect of a mobile-based educational app on the blood pressure (BP) of patients with hypertension.

Methods This clinical trial was conducted on 66 military personnel who were definitively diagnosed with hypertension by a physician, and then assigned randomly into two groups as intervention (receiving mobile-based educational app) and control (receiving standard medical management but no app). Before the intervention, BP levels of both groups were measured with a calibrated sphygmomanometer. After 6 weeks, the BPs of both groups were remeasured using the same sphygmomanometer. Thereafter, descriptive and inferential statistics, including paired t-test, Mann-Whitney, Chi-square and Wilcoxon tests, were used. The data obtained were analysed using SPSS-21 software at a significance level of p<0.05.

Results Comparison of the intervention and control groups showed no statistically significant difference between the groups in systolic BP (p=0.479) and diastolic BP (p=0.851) in the pre-intervention phase, but after the intervention, systolic and diastolic BP levels were significantly lower in the intervention group than in the control group (p=0.0001).

Conclusion The results suggested that the mobile-based educational app had a significant effect on reducing BP in patients with hypertension. Therefore, using this app is recommended for those military personnel with hypertension.

  • hypertension
  • education & training (see medical education & training)
  • information technology

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Footnotes

  • Contributors FF performed data collection, analysis and drafting of the manuscript. SAS was responsible for the study conception and design. AHP performed data analysis. FF, SAS and AHP were responsible for the final analysis and made critical revisions to the paper for important intellectual content.

  • Funding This study was funded by Aja University of Medical Sciences (grant number 598474).

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Data availability statement All data relevant to the study are included in the article.

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