Current Use and Perceived Usefulness of Mobile Technologies in the Practice of Dietetics in Costa Rica

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Over the past 15 years, there has been an increase in the use of information and communication technologies in the field of health (eHealth), in particular regarding mobile technologies (mHealth). However, little is known about how nutritionists have adopted such technologies in their practice in Costa Rica. The objective of this study was to identify how nutritionists use mobile technologies, as well as the perceived usefulness of different services that could be incorporated in their practice. We conducted an online survey, and the responses of 185 nutritionists were analyzed. Of the sample, 69.7% perceived that the use of mobile devices in nutrition is "very important" and "very useful" (77.3%) as a support to the nutrition care process. Although 79.5% showed their willingness to offer personalized mobile services, the use of such services in practice is scarce. According to our results, there are opportunities for the implementation of mobile technology services in areas such as the electronic health file, the self-monitoring of goal progress by the patient, as well as notifications and reminders by the nutritionist.

Tipo de publicación: Conference Paper

Publicado en: 2019 IV Jornadas Costarricenses de Investigación en Computación e Informática (JoCICI)

Autores
  • Melissa L. Jensen
  • Christian Quesada-López
  • Giselle Zuniga-Flores
  • Marcelo Jenkins

Investigadores del CITIC asociados a la publicación
Melissa Jensen Madrigal
Christian Quesada-López
Guiselle Zúñiga Flores
Marcelo Jenkins Coronas

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Current Use and Perceived Usefulness of Mobile Technologies in the Practice of Dietetics in Costa Rica