A pilot evaluation of Swasthya Pahal program using SMAART informatics framework to support NCD self-management

/A pilot evaluation of Swasthya Pahal program using SMAART informatics framework to support NCD self-management

A pilot evaluation of Swasthya Pahal program using SMAART informatics framework to support NCD self-management

2022-05-01T15:28:50-04:00May 1st, 2022|
Journal Name mHealth
Publication Year 2021
Volume 2021 Volume 7 http://dx.doi.org/10.21037/mhealth-20-110
Authors Ashish Joshi, Mahima Kaur, Srishti Arora, Ashruti Bhatt, Priya Sharma, Harpreet Kaur, Kanishk Kumar, Mohit Arora, Bhavya Malhotra, Ajay Anshuman

Abstract

The study described the usefulness of an interactive, touch screen computer-enabled SMAART informatics platform to screen individuals at risk of NCDs including diabetes, hypertension, and obesity. Sixty-Four police personnel were screened during this pilot initiative at the Police Sanchar Training Centre, Sahastradhara road, Dehradun on 6th January and 7th January 2020. Individuals were assessed for overweight/obesity, hypertension, and diabetes and made aware of how to self-manage their condition. Based on the individual risk findings, a tailored lifestyle health card was generated. Hypertension (31%) was found to be the most common family history. 36% of individuals were presently smokers or consumed alcohol. Sixty-two percent of them self-reported doing some form of exercise. About 87% of them were not receiving any treatment to self-manage hypertension. Using JNC 8 criteria, 37% of the individuals were hypertensive. Fifty of the 64 individuals expressed interest to receive an SMS message. 64% of them expressed keenness to receive weekly SMS messages. The Swasthya Pahal program using the SMAART informatics framework can be a useful tool to enhance screening and self-management of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) among police personnel.

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