Individual Study / Vallières et al.; Ann Glob Health. 2016

There's No App for That: Assessing the Impact of mHealth on the Supervision, Motivation, Engagement, and Satisfaction of Community Health Workers in Sierra Leone

There's No App for That: Assessing the Impact of mHealth on the Supervision, Motivation, Engagement, and Satisfaction of Community Health Workers in Sierra Leone

Initiatives -
This study explores whether the introduction of an mHealth application, as a human resource management tool, is associated with changes in CHW perceived supervision, motivation, work engagement, and job satisfaction over time. Note: All published information has been collected from the article referenced in the Marker Paper box below. Therefore, there may be variations with more advanced versions of the study.
Start Year
2012
End Year
2012
Funding
The team is grateful for the support of Irish Aid and the people of Ireland for funding this work through the Access to Infant and Maternal Health (AIMHealth) program and to Department for International Development and the people of the United Kingdom for funding this work through their Programmes Partnership Arrangements.

Design

Study design
Population cohort

Marker Paper

Vallières F, McAuliffe E, van Bavel B, Wall PJ, Trye A. There's No App for That: Assessing the Impact of mHealth on the Supervision, Motivation, Engagement, and Satisfaction of Community Health Workers in Sierra Leone [published correction appears in Ann Glob Health. 2017 Mar - Apr;83(2):406]. Ann Glob Health. 2016;82(5):936‐949. doi:10.1016/j.aogh.2016.07.002

PUBMED 28283148

Number of participants

Number of participants
329
Number of participants with biosamples

Access

Availability of data and biosamples

Data
Biosamples
Other

Timeline

Population

Three hundred twenty-seven CHWs were assessed over an 18-month period, with 3 different rounds of data collection. CHWs were assigned to 3 different intervention groups and given either a mobile phone with access to both the application and to a closed user group; a phone set up on a closed user group but with no application; or no mobile phone but the same level of training as the previous 2 groups.
Selection Criteria
Newborns
Twins
Countries
  • Sierra Leone
Ethnic Origin
Health Status

Recruitment

Sources of recruitment
  • General population

Number of participants

Number of participants
327
Number of participants with biosamples
Data Collection Event
The unprecedented access to mobile phones in resource-poor settings has seen the emergence of mobile-health (mHealth) applications specific for low- and middle-income contexts. One such application is the Mobile Technology for Community Health Suite (MOTECH Suite).
Start Date
2012
End Date
2013
Data sources
  • Mobile data collection
    • Mobile phone
    • Smartphone
    • Smartphone apps