Author

Jenna Coon

Date Approved

2015

Date Posted

1-6-2016

Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department

Nursing

First Advisor

Angela Lukomski

Second Advisor

Julie Slack

Abstract

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a chronic and progressive genetic disease affecting the body's transportation of salt and water through cells. Those with CF experience various respiratory, reproductive, and digestive complications. 30,000 people in the US are currently living with CF. Research indicates poor adherence to treatment regimens results in life-threatening consequences and poor long-term health outcomes. Compliance is particularly low in teenagers and young adults. The identification of current smartphone technology and applications are examined and the advantages they have in increasing self-management in the CF population. A new app specifically targeted for those with CF is introduced.

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