mHealth intervention and health-related quality of life for haemodialysis patients in selected counties of Kenya


  • Martin Muchangi Josphat Mount Kenya University, School of Public Health, Kenya
  • John Kariuki Mount Kenya University, School of Public Health, Kenya
  • George Kimathi Amref International University, School of Public Health, Kenya



mHealth, Haemodialysis, Health related QoL


Increasingly, chronic kidney disease (CKD) is becoming a public health challenge ranking 12th most common cause of death in the world. Prolonged CKD leads to end stage renal disease ultimately requiring dialysis. Undoubtedly, end stage renal disease significantly reduces health related quality of life (QoL). Many haemodialysis patients in Africa lack focused educational and follow up support in their treatment journey due to weak health systems. Evidence shows potential benefits of mHealth in improving overall medical outcomes among haemodialysis patients. Despite foreseeable benefits of mHealth, scanty information is available on its effectiveness in improving knowledge, treatment adherence, lifestyle change and overall health related QoL in Kenya. The general objective of this study will be to establish the effect of mHealth intervention on health-related QoL for haemodialysis patients. The specific objectives will be to study the effect of mHealth on: knowledge of self-management, adherence to haemodialysis treatment, stress management, life style change for haemodialysis patients and the combined effect of mHealth on health-related QoL. The study design will be quasi experimental with intervention and control sites. Data will be described using proportions, means, medians and other measures of central tendency. Effect will be quantified by use of student t tests, odds ratios, and difference in differences statistics. Its envisaged that the findings of this study will redound to development of large scale mHealth based medical education platform for haemodialysis patients with potential for scale as a critical public health intervention.

Author Biography

Martin Muchangi Josphat, Mount Kenya University, School of Public Health, Kenya

I holder a Master of Public Health Degree (Epidemiology and disease control), from Moi University School of Public Health Kenya, and B.Sc in Environmental Health, with over 7 years of experience in management of participatory development projects at the national and international level. I have proven expertise in planning, design, management and evaluation of participatory infrastructure, water sanitation & hygiene, Nutrition interventions and communicable diseases especially HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, diarrhea diseases and malaria control in multi sectoral development programs with strong emergency preparedness, response and coordination skills. I also have a sound understanding of public health approaches to disease control. I am an expert in water & sanitation infrastructure development and water quality control, development of communication strategies, outcome based social marketing approaches, conducting surveys and setting up surveillance systems. I am fully trained in Emergency Preparedness & Response Planning (EPRP), with deep understanding of humanitarian interventions. An experienced facilitator/trainer in public health programs including: HIV/AIDS, TB, WASH, malaria and Environmental Health.


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How to Cite

Josphat, M. M., Kariuki, J., & Kimathi, G. (2022). mHealth intervention and health-related quality of life for haemodialysis patients in selected counties of Kenya. International Journal Of Community Medicine And Public Health, 9(3), 1565–1568.