The Use of Cell Phones for Health Support by Women with HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Community Informatics Case Study

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/304458
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
The Use of Cell Phones for Health Support by Women with HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Community Informatics Case Study
Author(s):
Dietrich, Linda M.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Beta Psi
Author Details:
Linda M. Dietrich, BSN, MSN, BC, dietri23@uwm.edu
Abstract:

Poster presented on: Tuesday, July 23, 2013, Monday, July 22, 2013

Purpose: Identify how cell phone usage is embedded in existing social practices for a cohort of women with HIV/AIDS in Blantyre, Malawi. 

 Methods: This study will use a community informatics based case study design. Community informatics (CI) is the “application of information and communication technology (ICT) to enable and empower community processes” (Gurstein, 2007 p. 11). The community of interest in this study is a support group for HIV positive women in Blantyre, Malawi in Sub-Saharan Africa. A post-colonial feminist perspective is utilized to enrich the CI perspective integrating the gendered, historical, and sociocultural context in which the use of ICT’s (cell phones) are used. In order to identify how women in the support group used cell phones within the context of their daily lives this study draws upon existing ethnographic data collected as part of a program evaluation.  In this case study I am interested in the daily sociocultural realities of the community in living with, using, and being affected by cell phone technology.  12 In Depth Interviews and 4 Focus Group Transcripts will be analyzed using narrative methods. A baseline survey (N=20) and one year follow-up survey(N=10) measuring health status, economic, and empowerment outcomes will provide context for the narrative cases.

Results:   Cell phones assist with income generation, social support, medication adherence, and bereavement support.

Conclusion: Initial results provide a perspective into the lives of women with HIV/AIDS living in Sub-Saharan Africa and how cell phones are used in the context of their daily lives for health and income generation.

Keywords:
Africa; mobile phones; HIV/AIDS
Repository Posting Date:
22-Oct-2013
Date of Publication:
22-Oct-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
24th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Prague, Czech Republic
Description:
24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.
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dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThe Use of Cell Phones for Health Support by Women with HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Community Informatics Case Studyen_GB
dc.contributor.authorDietrich, Linda M.en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentBeta Psien_GB
dc.author.detailsLinda M. Dietrich, BSN, MSN, BC, dietri23@uwm.eduen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/304458-
dc.description.abstract<p>Poster presented on: Tuesday, July 23, 2013, Monday, July 22, 2013</p><strong><b>Purpose: </b></strong>Identify how cell phone usage is embedded in existing social practices for a cohort of women with HIV/AIDS in Blantyre, Malawi.  <p><strong> <b>Methods: </b></strong>This study will use a community informatics based case study design. Community informatics (CI) is the “application of information and communication technology (ICT) to enable and empower community processes” (Gurstein, 2007 p. 11). The community of interest in this study is a support group for HIV positive women in Blantyre, Malawi in Sub-Saharan Africa. A post-colonial feminist perspective is utilized to enrich the CI perspective integrating the gendered, historical, and sociocultural context in which the use of ICT’s (cell phones) are used. In order to identify how women in the support group used cell phones within the context of their daily lives this study draws upon existing ethnographic data collected as part of a program evaluation.  In this case study I am interested in the daily sociocultural realities of the community in living with, using, and being affected by cell phone technology.  12 In Depth Interviews and 4 Focus Group Transcripts will be analyzed using narrative methods. A baseline survey (N=20) and one year follow-up survey(N=10) measuring health status, economic, and empowerment outcomes will provide context for the narrative cases. <p><strong><b>Results: </b></strong>  Cell phones assist with income generation, social support, medication adherence, and bereavement support. <p class="APAPar"><strong><b>Conclusion: </b></strong> Initial results provide a perspective into the lives of women with HIV/AIDS living in Sub-Saharan Africa and how cell phones are used in the context of their daily lives for health and income generation.en_GB
dc.subjectAfricaen_GB
dc.subjectmobile phonesen_GB
dc.subjectHIV/AIDSen_GB
dc.date.available2013-10-22T20:36:19Z-
dc.date.issued2013-10-22-
dc.date.accessioned2013-10-22T20:36:19Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name24th International Nursing Research Congressen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationPrague, Czech Republicen_GB
dc.description24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.en_GB
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.en_GB
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