According to the findings, a culturally relevant mobile app developed for the needs of members of a particular community may have a positive impact on their heart health.
According to the research, participants who used the mobile app part of the Fostering African American Improvement in Total Health program improved their overall heart health scores over a 10-week period.
Since the intervention through the mobile app, researchers assessed each participant's mean heart health score in the last six months. According to the Mayo Clinic, the average heart health scores among the participants have increased by nearly two points.
Our study is the first of its kind to incorporate an innovative, community-vetted smartphone-based app into a randomised clinical study to improve overall heart health among African Americans. Our findings are encouraging in that they demonstrate the potential of mobile technologies to positively influence health behaviors that are difficult to change, such as diet and physical activity, according to LaPrincess Brewer, a Mayo Clinic preventive cardiologist and the principal investigator of the study.
According to an American Heart Association study, African Americans are at risk of cardiovascular disease in proportion to the general population in the United States, and these differences are driven by underlying cardiovascular risk factors as well as social and economic inequality.
This research was part of a community research project called Fostering African American Improvement in Total Health (FAITH!). The research aimed at addressing health disparities in African American communities. More than 100 African American churches participated in the program in Rochester, New York State.
Participants received culturally tailored training modules addressing stress factors and practical strategies to overcome obstacles to better health, such as heart-healthy dishes inspired by African American cuisines.
The app is currently under review, so it is not available to the general public. Mayo Clinic researchers will now focus on assessing the app's utility and efficacy in clinical care and health system settings.