Resources for the management of epilepsy in Africa are extremely limited reinforcing the need to develop innovative strategies for optimising care.
Studies have shown that the prevalence of epilepsy in low- and middle-income countries is substantially greater than in more resourced countries.
The objective of this report was to demonstrate that mobile Health (mHealth) technologies have the potential to improve the management of epilepsy in Africa.
- mHealth technology appears feasible in an epileptic-specific context within a resource-limited setting but its utility is limited by local barriers.
- High data can be captured in this setting despite local challenges.
- The mHealth technology enabled clinicians to observe their patients outside of the clinic which may enable further tailored treatment.
- Innovations accounting for socioeconomic factors are needed to optimize impact of mHealth technology.
Authors: Elin Haf Davies, Karen Fieggen, Jo Wilmshurst, Obuchinezia Anyanwu, Richard Joseph Burman, Sandra Komarzynski
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