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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnknown Host Publication
PublisherIEEE
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)978-1-4577-0220-4
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 23 Jun 2016
EventThe 38th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society -
Duration: 23 Jun 2016 → …

Conference

ConferenceThe 38th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
Period23/06/16 → …

Keywords

  • mhealth
  • Alzheimers
  • apps
  • behavior change

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