Experiences of using the MINDSET Self-Management mobile health app among Hispanic Patients:Results of a qualitative study

Refugio Sepulveda, Jenny Chong, Ross Shegog, Kimberly Martin, Charles Begley, Robert Addy, Omar Rosales, Tomas Nuño, Shiela Soto, Cecilia Rosales, David Labiner

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Background: Interventions focusing on epilepsy self-management (ESM) are vital for promoting the health of people living with epilepsy. E-technology and mobile health (mHealth) tools are becoming increasingly integrated into practice to promote self-management strategies for chronic diseases, enhance care delivery, and reduce health disparities. Management Information and Decision Support Epilepsy Tool (MINDSET), a bilingual decision support tool (available in English and Spanish), was found to be both feasible and effective in facilitating goal-based ESM in the clinic. Purpose: To assess the experience of using MINDSET as an ESM intervention among Hispanic patients with epilepsy to inform future interventional studies. Methods: This study used a Qualitative Descriptive (QD) framework to provide a rich and straightforward description of patients’ subjective experiences using MINDSET. Participants were enrolled in the intervention group of a larger parent study (RCT) to assess the efficacy of MINDSET among Hispanic People with Epilepsy (PWE). The purposive, convenient, criterion-based sample for this qualitative analysis comprised of 42 patients who agreed to participate in a semi-structured interview at the end of the larger RCT. This RCT was conducted between August 2017 and January 2019. Spanish and English-speaking Hispanic adult patients (n = 94) with epilepsy in Arizona (n = 53) and Texas (n = 41) were randomly assigned within 6 neurology clinics to treatment (MINDSET plus Usual Care, hereafter referred to as MINDSET; n = 46) and comparison (Usual Care Only; n = 48) conditions. Results: Patient demographics, epilepsy conditions, and ESM behavioral characteristics were representative of the intervention group. Study participants were Hispanic, mainly of Mexican descent (94 %), with a mean age of 39 years, mostly female (53 %), and most of the participants reported having had one or more seizures per month (54 %). The MINDSET intervention revealed five ESM themes: (1) Awareness and Realization of Epilepsy Self-Management, (2) Communication and Partnership with Health Care Providers HCP, (3) Epilepsy Self-Management and Quality of Life, (4) Seizure Control, and (5) Optimism and Agency. Conclusion: The participants who used MINDSET as a self-management intervention reported an overall positive experience. Qualitative data in this study show that MINDSET is a valuable ESM tool for Hispanic patients with epilepsy. Findings from this qualitative study were consistent with results from a larger parent study that recognized MINDSET as an effective platform for improving epilepsy self-management adherence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number109702
JournalEpilepsy and Behavior
StatePublished - Apr 2024

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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