Patient and Healthcare Professional Priorities for a Mobile Phone Application for Patients With Peripheral Arterial Disease

Pavithira Sivagangan, Amy E Harwood, Philip W Stather

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    Introduction Supervised exercise therapy (SET) is the first-line treatment for the peripheral arterial disease (PAD), however, access and compliance are low. An alternative method of delivering this therapy is through mobile health applications, which can be more accessible and convenient for patients. The aim of this study is to evaluate patient, public and healthcare professional (HCP) priorities with regard to a dedicated mobile phone application to deliver remote SET. Methods Bespoke questionnaires were designed for patients and HCPs to assess app functionality and prioritisations for development. These were distributed through social media and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Results Functionality questionnaires were completed by 62 patients and 44 HCPs. Eighty-four per cent of patients wanted their therapy to be monitored by their vascular team with the majority (78%) interested in measuring walking distances. Most patients (76%) were interested in watching exercise videos. These views were shared by HCPs. A communication platform was prioritised for messaging and pictures by the patient (74% and 68% respectively), but not so by HCPs (40%). Documenting other forms of physical activity and the use of wearable technology was less valuable to patients but favoured by HCPs (50%). The ability to interact with other users was not prioritised by either group. Conclusion Delivery of a mobile phone application to deliver health programmes for SET in patients with PAD is an acceptable method for patients and HCPs. This data will enable the next stages of mobile phone application development to be appropriately prioritised, focusing on building exercise videos, a communication platform and further walking tests. [Abstract copyright: Copyright © 2023, Sivagangan et al.]
    Original languageEnglish
    Article numbere33993
    Number of pages18
    Issue number1
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 20 Jan 2023

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    © Copyright 2023 Sivagangan et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License CCBY 4.0., which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


    • peripheral vascular surgery
    • mobile apps (mhealth)
    • home-based exercise
    • digital health technology
    • peripheral arterial disease (pad)


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