Health Research Study


Health conditions that have a negative effect on the heart are higher among adults living in rural areas, especially among Hispanic/Latinos. Researchers at UNMC’s College of Public Health and College of Nursing are trying to see if use of a smart phone app and smart scale will help rural Hispanic/Latino families manage chronic health problems like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. The research study titled Feasibility, Acceptability, and Preliminary Impact of a mHealth Intervention on Cardiorespiratory Fitness in a Rural Hispanic Adult Population will begin in May 2019. There is no charge to participate and you will be compensated for your time. 

This research study is for those who:

If you participate in this research study, you would be asked to:

The goal of this research study is to evaluate the effect of adding mobile health technology to a typical nurse practitioner health visit. Use of a smart phone health app can be an effective way to prevent or manage a chronic health condition like high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and/or obesity. Although most adults now use a smart phone, it appears few rural living Hispanic/Latino adults are aware of how to use a smart phone health app to support healthy diet and physical activity behaviors. This research study will evaluate two different approaches used by a nurse practitioner to incorporate the use of mobile health technology into a health consultation. Participants will be randomly assigned to one of two groups with the following provided to each group:

Group 1

  1. One 15 minute health consultation with a nurse practitioner at start of study
  2. Smart phone health app available in Spanish at start of study
  3. Smart scale to keep given at start of the study
  4. Health promotion text messages 2-3 times per week during study

Group 2

  1. Smart phone health app available in Spanish app given at start of study
  2. Smart scale to keep will be given at the end of the study
  3. One 15 minute health consultation with nurse practitioner at end of study

Over this 6 month research study, participants in both groups will meet with the research team 4 different times (at initial visit then at 6, 12, and 24 weeks). Each visit will last approximately 20 minutes to interview you about your health and have the following tests:

Funding: This research study is funded by a grant from the CENTRIC Center (Center for Patient, Family & Community Engagement in Chronic Care Management) at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

IRB # 064-19-FB