Using a mobile application to self-monitor diet and fluid intake among adults receiving hemodialysis

Res Nurs Health. 2013 Jun;36(3):284-98. doi: 10.1002/nur.21539. Epub 2013 Mar 19.


Hemodialysis patients have difficulty self-managing a complex dietary and fluid regimen. The purpose of this feasibility study was to pilot test an electronic self-monitoring intervention based on social cognitive theory. During a 6-week intervention, 24 participants self-monitored diet and fluid intake using the Dietary Intake Monitoring Application (DIMA), and 20 participants served as controls by monitoring their activity using the Daily Activity Monitor Application (DAMA). Results from this pilot study suggest the intervention is feasible and acceptable, although few significant effects on outcomes were found in this small sample. The DIMA has potential to facilitate dietary and fluid self-monitoring but requires additional refinement and further testing.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Computers, Handheld*
  • Diet Records
  • Diet*
  • Drinking*
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Compliance
  • Pilot Projects
  • Program Development
  • Renal Dialysis*
  • Self Care