Spanish-speaking patients' engagement in interactive voice response (IVR) support calls for chronic disease self-management: data from three countries

J Telemed Telecare. 2013 Feb;19(2):89-94. doi: 10.1177/1357633x13476234. Epub 2013 Mar 26.


We measured Spanish-speaking patients' engagement in Interactive Voice Response (IVR) calls using data from self-management support studies in Honduras, Mexico and the US. A total of 268 patients with diabetes or hypertension participated in 6-12 weeks of weekly IVR follow-up. Participants had an average of 6.1 years of education, and 73% of them were women. After 2443 person-weeks of follow-up, patients had completed 1494 IVR assessments. The call completion rates were higher in the US (75%) than in Honduras (59%) or Mexico (61%; P < 0.001). Patients participating with an informal caregiver were more likely to complete calls (adjusted odds ratio 1.5; P = 0.03) while patients reporting fair or poor health at enrolment were less likely (adjusted odds ratio 0.59; P = 0.02). Satisfaction rates were high, with 98% of patients reporting that the system was easy to use, and 86% reporting that the calls helped them a great deal in managing their health problems. IVR self-management support is feasible among Spanish-speaking patients with chronic disease, including those living in less-developed countries. Involving informal caregivers may increase patient engagement.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Diabetes Mellitus / therapy*
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Female
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Honduras
  • Humans
  • Hypertension / therapy*
  • Language
  • Male
  • Mexico
  • Middle Aged
  • Odds Ratio
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care / statistics & numerical data*
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Regression Analysis
  • Reminder Systems / statistics & numerical data
  • Self Care
  • Speech Recognition Software*
  • Telemedicine / methods*
  • Telemedicine / statistics & numerical data
  • Telephone
  • United States