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The Impact of ICT on Health Promotion: A Randomized Experiment with Diabetic Patients


CODE: IDB-WP-221
AUTHOR(s): Balsa, Ana , Gandelman, Nestor
PUBLISHED: December 2010
LANGUAGE: English
RELATED TOPICS: Poverty Reduction and Labor
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Abstract:

This paper summarizes a randomized experiment to study the effects of an Internet-based intervention on type 2 diabetes patients in Montevideo, Uruguay. A specially designed website and electronic social network allowed participants to navigate freely, download materials, and interact with other diabetics and specialists. No significant impact was found on participants` knowledge, behavior, or health outcomes. Only a minority of patients logged on to the website, and most were only reached by email and mobile text (SMS). Patients` gender, marital status, and education influenced their participation on the website.

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