Researcher makes pitch to diabetes self-care management mobile app

Published September 16, 2020, 11:46 AM

by Dhel Nazario

A researcher is reaching out to the Department of Health (DOH) to help her conduct a comparative study to better determine the effectiveness of her mobile application in attaining desired outcomes for patients with diabetes.

Geraldine Ridad of the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology, representing Region 10, recently won a competition for her research study entitled, “Project DiabEHT: An Approach to Improve Self-care Management of Diabetes” in the recently concluded 3-Minute Pitch to Policymakers Competition for her entry on diabetes management.

The competition which highlights the importance of translating research findings into policy was conducted by the Department of Science and Technology–Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD).

The initiative was also conducted to encourage researchers to submit their works on finding solutions to pressing health problems in the country, one of which is diabetes.  

DOST said that Ridad’s research aims to increase a diabetic patient’s confidence in managing his/her diabetes. It has three components, namely: weekly support group activities and lecture series on diabetes; installation and use of the DiabEHT mobile app; and installation of “diabooth” in a health center.  

They added that after six weeks of project implementation, the participants have shown significant improvement in their self-care activities in terms of general diet, physical activities, blood glucose monitoring, and foot-care. Their blood glucose levels were also significantly reduced, which means that the project has a significant improvement in the participants’ glycemic control.    

 Among the 11 competitors from different regional health R&D consortia across the country that presented online, Region 10 was hailed as the winner. Region 10 maintains the title since its launch in 2019.  

According to the Western Pacific Region of the International Diabetes Federation, an umbrella organization of over 230 national diabetes associations in 170 countries and territories, the Philippines ranks fifth behind China, Indonesia, Japan, and Thailand in the number of diabetes cases.

With a population of 100 million, the Philippines has more than five million diagnosed cases of diabetes and the rate of increase is becoming alarming.