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U-Health Service for Managing Chronic Disease: A Case Study on Managing Metabolic Syndrome in a Health Center in South Korea

  • 1Korea Institute for Health and Social Studies, Affairs, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Inje Institute of Advanced Studies, Seoul, Korea.
  • 3HealthMax Co. Ltd., Seoul, Korea.


We were to analyze the effect of managing metabolic syndrome using a u-health service in a health center.
We collected biometric data from 316 subjects living in a county (gun) in South Korea before and after the introduction of uhealth services in 2010. Analysis was done by contingency table using SPSS and latent growth model using AMOS.
We found that regional u-health services affected instance of metabolic syndrome. Further, biometrics and health behavior improved. After six months of u-health services, the number of subjects with three or more factors for metabolic syndrome decreased by 62.5%; 63.3% of regular drinkers stopped drinking; 83.3% of subjects who rarely exercised began to exercise twice a week or more; and 60.9% of smokers stopped smoking.
U-health services can change health behavior and biometrics to manage metabolic syndrome in rural areas. The usefulness of u-health services is discussed.


U-Health; Metabolic Syndrome; Effectiveness; Disease Management

MeSH Terms

Disease Management
Health Behavior
Republic of Korea


  • Figure 1 u-Health metabolic syndrome care service model.

  • Figure 2 Changing behavior of body mass index (BMI) by times after u-health services.

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