Enhancing self-efficacy for self-management in people with cystic fibrosis

Stud Health Technol Inform. 2011;169:33-7.


This paper reports on a research trial designed to evaluate the benefits of a health mentoring programme supported with a web and mobile phone based self-monitoring application for enhancing self-efficacy for self-management skills and quality of life for people with CF. This randomised, single-blind controlled trial evaluated two strategies designed to improve self-management behaviour and quality of life. Task-specific self-efficacy was fostered through mentorship and self-monitoring via a mobile phone application. Trial participants were randomised into one of three groups: Control, Mentor-only and Mentor plus mobile phone. Analysis and discussion focus on the experiences of participants through a methodology utilising descriptive statistics and semi-structured interviews. The results highlight the challenges of stimulating self-management behaviours particularly in adolescents and in the evaluation of the role of mobile applications in supporting them.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Cell Phone
  • Cystic Fibrosis / therapy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Male
  • Mentors
  • Middle Aged
  • Quality of Life
  • Remote Consultation / methods*
  • Self Care*
  • Tasmania
  • Telemedicine / methods