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"Mobile App Rating Scale"

Rachelle R Ramsey, Julia K Caromody, Sara E Voorhees, Amanda Warning, Christopher C Cushing, Theresa W Guilbert, Kevin A Hommel, David A Fedele
BACKGROUND: Mobile health (mHealth) apps have the potential to facilitate asthma self-management by including medication reminders, allowing self-monitoring of symptoms, improving access and quality of information communicated with provider, and providing educational resources to patients and parents. Many apps exist for asthma management, however, the extent to which apps include evidence-based behavior change strategies has not been examined. OBJECTIVE: To review the content and quality of mHealth asthma management apps that are available to patients...
April 4, 2019: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
Guoli Yang, Jian Long, Dan Luo, Shuiyuan Xiao, Atipatsa Chiwanda Kaminga
BACKGROUND: A number of mobile phone apps has been developed specifically for men who have sex with men (MSM). We will call these mobile phone apps MSM apps for simplicity. At present, the characteristics and quality and purpose of these MSM apps are unclear. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to objectively and comprehensively evaluate the characteristics and quality of the MSM apps to assess whether they disseminated health information among the MSM in China...
March 27, 2019: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
Divya Talwar, Yu-Lyu Yeh, Wei-Ju Chen, Lei-Shih Chen
Mobile applications (apps) have been increasingly utilized to access the latest and abundant information related to genetics/genomics for resources, risk assessments, and individualized recommendations. Nevertheless, the number and quality of the current apps in genetics/genomics remain unknown. Thus, in this review, we aimed to identify existing genetic/genomic apps, summarize their characteristics, and examine their quality. A systematic search of genetics/genomics apps was conducted on Apple Store and Google Play...
February 26, 2019: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
Hemakumar Devan, Devin Farmery, Lucy Peebles, Rebecca Grainger
BACKGROUND: Smartphone apps are a potential mechanism for development of self-management skills in people with persistent pain. However, the inclusion of best-practice content items in available pain management apps fostering core self-management skills for self-management support is not known. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to evaluate the contents of smartphone apps providing information on pain management strategies for people with persistent pain facilitating self-management support and to appraise the app quality...
February 12, 2019: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
Marco Bardus, Ahmed Ali, Farah Demachkieh, Ghassan Hamadeh
BACKGROUND: Evaluating the quality of mobile health apps for weight loss and weight management is important to understand whether these can be used for obesity prevention and treatment. Recent reviews call for more research on multidimensional aspects of app quality, especially involving end users, as there are already many expert reviews on this domain. However, no quantitative study has investigated how laypersons see popular apps for weight management and perceive different dimensions of app quality...
January 23, 2019: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
Magdalena Sereda, Sandra Smith, Kiri Newton, David Stockdale
BACKGROUND: Tinnitus is the perception of a sound without any outside source. It affects 6 million people in the United Kingdom. Sound therapy is a core component of many tinnitus management programs. Potential mechanisms of benefit include making tinnitus less noticeable, habituation, distracting attention from tinnitus, relaxation, and promoting neuroplastic changes within the brain. In recent years, there has been a substantial increase in the use of mobile technology. This provided an additional medium through which people with tinnitus can access different tinnitus management options, including sound therapy...
January 23, 2019: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
Najeebullah Soomro, Meraj Chhaya, Mariam Soomro, Naukhez Asif, Emily Saurman, David Lyle, Ross Sanders
BACKGROUND: Injury surveillance and workload monitoring are important aspects of professional sports, including cricket. However, at the community level, there is a dearth of accessible and intelligent surveillance tools. Mobile apps are an accessible tool for monitoring cricket-related injuries at all levels. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this paper is to share the novel methods associated with the development of the free TeamDoc app and provide evidence from an evaluation of the user experience and perception of the app regarding its functionality, utility, and design...
January 22, 2019: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
Chelsea E Mauch, Thomas P Wycherley, Rachel A Laws, Brittany J Johnson, Lucinda K Bell, Rebecca K Golley
BACKGROUND: Modern families are facing conflicting demands on their time and resources, which may be at the detriment of child and family diet quality. Innovative nutrition interventions providing parents with behavioral support for the provision of healthy food could alleviate this issue. Mobile apps have the potential to deliver such interventions by providing practical behavioral support remotely, interactively, and in context. OBJECTIVE: This review aimed to identify and assess popular, commercially available food- and nutrition-related mobile apps that offer support for the provision of healthy family food by (1) describing app scope and characteristics, (2) assessing app quality, and (3) conducting a behavioral analysis of app content and features...
December 21, 2018: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
Snežana Jovičić, Joanna Siodmiak, Ian D Watson
Background Many of the mobile applications (apps) used for delivering health interventions involve laboratory medicine data. This survey was conducted to search the online market for health apps that manage laboratory medicine data. The aim was to review them and perform a quality evaluation. Methods Apps search criteria were "Lab results blood work", "Lab results", and "Health apps". After the stepwise exclusion process, 52 selected apps were downloaded and analyzed. For review and content analysis of the apps, a multidimensional tool for classifying and rating the quality of mobile health apps - Mobile App Rating Scale (MARS), was used...
February 25, 2019: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
Hussein Jamaladin, Tom H van de Belt, Lianda Ch Luijpers, Falco R de Graaff, Sebastian Jh Bredie, Nel Roeleveld, Marleen Mhj van Gelder
BACKGROUND: Using a mobile app for self-management could make it easier for patients to get insight into their blood pressure patterns. However, little is known about the availability, quality, and features of mobile apps targeting blood pressure. OBJECTIVE: The goal of the research was to determine the availability, functionality, and quality of mobile apps that could be used for blood pressure monitoring purposes. METHODS: A systematic app search was performed based on the standards for systematic reviews...
November 14, 2018: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
Shayan Bahadori, Thomas W Wainwright, Osman H Ahmed
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to critically examine the content of smartphone apps produced for patients undergoing total hip replacement and total knee replacement surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A systematic search was conducted across the five most popular smartphone app stores: iTunes; Google Play; Windows Mobile; Blackberry App World; and Nokia Ovi. Apps were identified for screening if they: targeted total hip replacement or total knee replacement patients; were free of charge; and were in English...
October 26, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation
Alejandro Salazar, Helena de Sola, Inmaculada Failde, Jose Antonio Moral-Munoz
BACKGROUND: Chronic pain is a major health issue requiring an approach that not only considers medication, but also many other factors included in the biopsychosocial model of pain. New technologies, such as mobile apps, are tools to address these factors, although in many cases they lack proven quality or are not based on scientific evidence, so it is necessary to review and measure their quality. OBJECTIVE: The aim is to evaluate and measure the quality of mobile apps for the management of pain using the Mobile App Rating Scale (MARS)...
October 25, 2018: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
J Danielle Sharpe, Mustapha T Kamara
Background Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, has been shown to be effective at reducing the risk of HIV infection, yet persons at-risk for acquiring HIV exhibit suboptimal uptake of and adherence to this prevention modality. Although PrEP use among all at-risk groups is low, mobile apps have been shown to increase the use of PrEP; however, it is unknown whether currently available apps have been designed with features to facilitate PrEP uptake and adherence. METHODS: The Google Play store and Apple App store were systematically searched for currently available PrEP-related apps...
November 2018: Sexual Health
Marco Bardus, Ghassan Hamadeh, Bouchra Hayek, Rawan Al Kherfan
BACKGROUND: Overweight and obesity have become major health problems globally with more than 1.9 billion overweight adults. In Lebanon, the prevalence of obesity and overweight is 65.4% combined. Risk factors of obesity and overweight are preventable and can be addressed by modifications in the environment and in an individual's lifestyle. Mobile technologies are increasingly used in behavioral, self-directed weight management interventions, providing users with additional opportunities to attain weight control (weight loss, weight gain prevention, etc)...
May 16, 2018: JMIR Research Protocols
Rebecca Fraynt, David Cooper, Amanda Edwards-Stewart, Tim Hoyt, Logan Micheel, Larry Pruitt, Nancy Skopp, Derek Smolenski
Mobile technologies may be able to provide service members and veterans with the knowledge necessary to transition to civilian life successfully in a cost-effective and accessible manner. Although a number of transition applications (apps) currently exist in the marketplace, to our knowledge, none of them has been evaluated for quality or effectiveness. For this study, 6 experts used the Mobile App Rating Scale (MARS; Stoyanov et al., 2015) to evaluate the quality of 16 transition apps. The majority of these apps focused on providing service members with resource lists, employment assistance, or assistance with disability applications...
May 2018: Psychological Services
Ben Yb Kim, Anis Sharafoddini, Nam Tran, Emily Y Wen, Joon Lee
BACKGROUND: General consumers can now easily access drug information and quickly check for potential drug-drug interactions (PDDIs) through mobile health (mHealth) apps. With aging population in Canada, more people have chronic diseases and comorbidities leading to increasing numbers of medications. The use of mHealth apps for checking PDDIs can be helpful in ensuring patient safety and empowerment. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to review the characteristics and quality of publicly available mHealth apps that check for PDDIs...
March 28, 2018: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
Cam Escoffery, Robin McGee, Jonathan Bidwell, Christopher Sims, Eliana Kovitch Thropp, Cherise Frazier, Elizabeth D Mynatt
Mobile health app developers increasingly are interested in supporting the daily self-care of people with chronic conditions. The purpose of this study was to review mobile applications (apps) to promote epilepsy self-management. It investigates the following: 1) the available mobile apps for epilepsy, 2) how these apps support patient education and self-management (SM), and 3) their usefulness in supporting management of epilepsy. We conducted the review in Fall 2017 and assessed apps on the Apple App Store that related to the terms "epilepsy" and "seizure"...
April 2018: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
Phillip J Hartin, Ian Cleland, Chris D Nugent, Sally I McClean, JoAnn Tschanz, Christine Clark, Maria C Norton
Health apps focused on inciting behavior change are becoming increasingly popular. Nevertheless, many lack underlying evidence base, scientific credibility and have limited clinical effectiveness. It is therefore important that apps are well-informed, scientifically credible, peer reviewed and evidence based. This paper presents the use of the Mobile App Rating Scale (MARS) to assess the quality of the Grey Matters app, a cross platform app to deliver health education material and track behavior change across multi-domains with the aim of reducing the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
Rebecca Grainger, Hermaleigh Townsley, Bonnie White, Tobias Langlotz, William J Taylor
BACKGROUND: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory arthritis requiring long-term treatment with regular monitoring by a rheumatologist to achieve good health outcomes. Since people with RA may wish to monitor their own disease activity with a smartphone app, it is important to understand the functions and quality of apps for this purpose. OBJECTIVE: The aim of our study was to assess the features and quality of apps to assist people to monitor their RA disease activity by (1) summarizing the available apps, particularly the instruments used for measurement of RA disease activity; (2) comparing the app features with American College of Rheumatology and European League against Rheumatism (ACR and EULAR) guidelines for monitoring of RA disease activity; and (3) rating app quality with the Mobile App Rating Scale (MARS)...
February 21, 2017: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
Hollie Wilson, Stoyan R Stoyanov, Shailen Gandabhai, Alexander Baldwin
BACKGROUND: Driving after the consumption of alcohol represents a significant problem globally. Individual prevention countermeasures such as personalized mobile app aimed at preventing such behavior are widespread, but there is little research on their accuracy and evidence base. There has been no known assessment investigating the quality of such apps. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to determine the quality and accuracy of apps for drink driving prevention by conducting a review and evaluation of relevant mobile apps...
August 8, 2016: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
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