mHealth intervention can be an important tool for health education. The study aimed to determine the effectiveness of a mHealth application in improving mothers' knowledge of preterm home care. One hundred sixty mothers of preterm infants hospitalized in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of a tertiary care teaching hospital in Karnataka, India participated in a randomized controlled trial. The mothers in the intervention group showed a statistically significant increase in knowledge scores (pre = 17, post = 27, (p < .001) compared to mothers in the control group (pre = 18, post = 20). Knowledge scores didn't differ across age (U = 2629.00, p .051), employment status (χ2 = 3.060, p = .80), parity (χ2 = 0.025, p = .874) and socio-economic status (χ2 = 6.702, p = .57). Only education was significantly associated with baseline knowledge score (χ2 = 6.163, p = .013). The mHealth educational app effectively improved the knowledge of mothers on preterm home care.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Neonatal Nursing
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics


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