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The Impact of ICT on Health Promotion: A Randomized Experiment with Diabetic Patients

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  • Ana Balsa
  • Nestor Gandelman

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This paper summarizes randomized experiment to study the effects of an Internetbased intervention on type 2 diabetes patients in Montevideo, Uruguay. The intervention consisted of a specially designed website and an electronic social network where participants were able to navigate freely, download materials, and interact with other diabetics and with specialists. No significant impact was found on participants` knowledge, behavior, or health outcomes. It was also found that only a minority of patients logged on to the website, and most were only reached by email and mobile text (SMS). Participation in the website is correlated with patients` characteristics, such as gender, marital status, and education.

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  • Ana Balsa & Nestor Gandelman, 2010. "The Impact of ICT on Health Promotion: A Randomized Experiment with Diabetic Patients," Research Department Publications 4703, Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department.
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    Keywords

    Randomized trial; Diabetes; Public health; Uruguay;

    JEL classification:

    • C93 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Field Experiments
    • I1 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health
    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives

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