J Korean Acad Nurs.  2011 Oct;41(5):724-731. 10.4040/jkan.2011.41.5.724.

Effects of Web-based Health Education on Blood Glucose and Blood Pressure Improvement in Postmenopausal Women with Impaired Fasting Blood Glucose

Affiliations
  • 1The Catholic Institute of Ubiquitous Health Care, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2College of Nursing, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea. hees@catholic.ac.kr
  • 3National Health Insurance Corporation, Health Insurance Policy Research Institute, Seoul, Korea.
  • 4CHA University, Seongnam, Korea.

Abstract

PURPOSE
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of an educational intervention that used both cellular phones and the Internet to provide a short messaging service (SMS) relating to blood glucose, blood pressure, and serum lipid levels in postmenopausal women with impaired fasting glucose (IFG).
METHODS
Twenty-eight postmenopausal women were assigned to an intervention group and twenty-one postmenopausal women to a control group. The intervention was provided for 12 weeks. Patients in the intervention group were asked to access a web site by using a cellular phone or to use the Internet directly and input their blood glucose and blood pressure levels weekly. Participants were sent the optimal recommendations weekly by both cellular phone and Internet.
RESULTS
The intervention group had a mean decrease in systolic blood pressure (SBP) level of 8.1 mmHg but changes for the control group were not significant. There was a significant mean change in diastolic blood pressure (DBP) level for the intervention group (-7.7 mmHg). The mean change in the control group was not significant.
CONCLUSION
This educational intervention using the Internet and a SMS by cellular phone improved levels of SBP and DBP in postmenopausal women with IFG.

Keyword

Menopause; Blood glucose; Web; Blood pressure

MeSH Terms

Blood Glucose/*analysis
*Blood Pressure
*Cellular Phone
Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2/blood
Fasting
Female
*Health Education/methods/standards
Humans
*Internet
Interviews as Topic
Lipids/blood
Middle Aged
*Postmenopause
Program Evaluation
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