Availability of mobile phones for discharge follow-up of pediatric emergency department patients in western Kenya

Darlene R. House, Philip Cheptinga, Daniel E. Rusyniak

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Abstract

Objective: Mobile phones have been successfully used for Emergency Department (ED) patient follow-up in developed countries. Mobile phones are widely available in developing countries and may offer a similar potential for follow-up and continued care of ED patients in low and middle-income countries. The goal of this study was to determine the percentage of families with mobile phones presenting to a pediatric ED in western Kenya and rate of response to a follow-up phone call after discharge. Methods: A prospective, cross-sectional observational study of children presenting to the emergency department of a government referral hospital in Eldoret, Kenya was performed. Documentation of mobile phone access, including phone number, was recorded. If families had access, consent was obtained and families were contacted 7 days after discharge for follow-up. Results: Of 788 families, 704 (89.3%) had mobile phone access. Of those families discharged fromthe ED, successful follow-up was made in 83.6% of cases. Conclusions: Mobile phones are an available technology for follow-up of patients discharged from a pediatric emergency department in resource-limited western Kenya.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere790
JournalPeerJ
Volume2015
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

Keywords

  • Emergency medicine
  • Follow-up
  • Global health
  • Kenya
  • Mobile phones
  • Pediatrics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Medicine(all)
  • Neuroscience(all)

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