Effectiveness of a mHealth education programme in promoting early testing and self-protection measures against COVID-19: a pilot quasiexperimental study

Quanzhi Zhang, Longben Tian, Yao Jie Xie

Research output: Unpublished conference presentation (presented paper, abstract, poster)PosterAcademic researchpeer-review

Abstract

Purpose: Early testing and self-protection are very important ways to reduce transmission of infections. The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of a mHealth education programme in promiting early testing and self-protection against COVID-19 among community residents in Hong Kong.
Methods: This was a single-arm pre-post quasi-experimental study (Ethical No.: HSEARS20210809004). A multicomponent health education package was delivered to the adults randomly selected from a community. The intervention package consisted of: (1) 13 videos about the vaccine, early testing and selfprotection knowledge; (2) COVID-19 prevention tips; (3) latest government policies related to COVID-19; and (4) individualized counseling for participants. The intervention messages were delivered via WhatsApp three time a week for 3 months, with timely responses to inquiries. Early testing behaviors were measured by asking whether the participants or their family used Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) in the past month. Maskwearing and handwashing behaviors were measured by asking whether they followed the government’s recommendation correctly with 10-item and 6-item scale, respectively.
Results: In total 50 participants were recruited. The majority of them were female (96.6%) with a mean age of 57.1 ± 9.3 years. Significant improvements were observed after 3 months intervention. The proportion of participants and their family ever taking RAT in the past month increased from 59.2% and 57.1% to 86.7% and 84.4%, respectively (both PConclusions: A 3-month mHealth education programme could significantly improve early testing and selfprotection behaviors in Hong Kong community residents.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 11 Mar 2023
EventThe 26th East Asian Forum of Nursing Scholars conference: EAFONS 2023 - UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO, TOKYO, Japan
Duration: 10 Mar 202311 Mar 2023
https://www.eafons2023.com/index.html

Conference

ConferenceThe 26th East Asian Forum of Nursing Scholars conference: EAFONS 2023
Abbreviated titleEAFONS 2023
Country/TerritoryJapan
CityTOKYO
Period10/03/2311/03/23
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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing

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