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Assessing App Quality through Expert Peer Review: A case study from the Gray Matters Study.

Hartin, Phillip, Cleland, Ian, Nugent, Chris, McClean, Sally I, Tscahnz, JoAnn, Clark, Christine and Norton, Maria (2016) Assessing App Quality through Expert Peer Review: A case study from the Gray Matters Study. In: The 38th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE. 4 pp. [Conference contribution]

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Abstract

Health apps focused on inciting behavior changeare becoming increasingly popular. Nevertheless, many lackunderlying evidence base, scientific credibility and have limitedclinical effectiveness. It is therefore important that apps arewell-informed, scientifically credible, peer reviewed andevidence based. This paper presents the use of the Mobile AppRating Scale (MARS) to assess the quality of the Grey Mattersapp, a cross platform app to deliver health education materialand track behavior change across multi-domains with the aimof reducing the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. TheGray Matters app shows promising results following reviewsfrom 5 Expert raters, achieving a mean overall MARS scoreof 4.45 ± 0.14. Future work will involve undertaking of adetailed content analysis of behavior change apps to identifycommon themes and features which may lead to thesuccessful facilitation of sustained behavior change.

Item Type:Conference contribution (Poster)
Keywords:mhealth, Alzheimers, apps, behavior change
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Computing & Engineering
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Computing and Information Engineering
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Computing and Mathematics
Research Institutes and Groups:Computer Science Research Institute > Smart Environments
Computer Science Research Institute
Computer Science Research Institute > Information and Communication Engineering
ID Code:36042
Deposited By: Dr Ian Cleland
Deposited On:30 Sep 2016 14:52
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:25

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