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

Phillip Hartin, Ian Cleland, Chris Nugent, Sally I McClean, JoAnn Tscahnz, Christine Clark, Maria Norton

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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.
LanguageEnglish
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Number of pages4
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 23 Jun 2016
EventThe 38th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society -
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ConferenceThe 38th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
Period23/06/16 → …

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Keywords

  • mhealth
  • Alzheimers
  • apps
  • behavior change

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Hartin, P., Cleland, I., Nugent, C., McClean, S. I., Tscahnz, J., Clark, C., & Norton, M. (Accepted/In press). Assessing App Quality through Expert Peer Review: A case study from the Gray Matters Study. In Unknown Host Publication
Hartin, Phillip ; Cleland, Ian ; Nugent, Chris ; McClean, Sally I ; Tscahnz, JoAnn ; Clark, Christine ; Norton, Maria. / Assessing App Quality through Expert Peer Review: A case study from the Gray Matters Study. Unknown Host Publication. 2016.
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