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Minnesota: New App Helps Young People with Arthritis Communicate

An international team led by a University of Minnesota School of Public Health researcher examined how a mobile health (mHealth) app, which provides health services and information via portable devices such as a smartphone, influences conversations and partnerships between families, care teams and young people with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) . Their findings were recently published in the journal JMIR mHealth and uHealth.

The app, called Genia, allows users to track their objective measures such as pain, fatigue, exercise and diet as well as more subjective qualities, including mood, and share them with their care team.

The study found:

“Young people rely on their parents when communicating with physicians,” said Dr. Stuart Grande, lead researcher and lecturer in the School of Public Health. “Therefore, an app like Genia, which offers parents and young people a way to connect prior to meeting with a physician, appears to be very important.”

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