May 3, 2021

Improving health decision-making for Canadian parents

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A new research project is creating the first mobile health app for parents using Canadian-relevant health research

A University of Alberta researcher is using his background in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to improve the health decision-making of Canadians by creating the first mobile health app for parents using Canadian-relevant health research.

Nearly one million Canadian parents taking their child to an Emergency Department this year will have a limited understanding of basic health information because of poor health literacy.

“Parents with low health literacy are three times as likely to bring their child in for non-urgent conditions, and improving parent health literacy is likely to decrease unneeded trips to the hospital,” says James Benoit, a postdoctoral fellow in the Faculty of Nursing. “A new way of assisting with health literacy is developing digital health tools, such as apps for mobile phones and tablets.”

Read Benoit’s full Postdoctoral Fellowship profile.