Effectiveness of mobile health application use to improve health behavior changes: A systematic review of randomized controlled trials
JournalHealthcare Informatics Research
PublisherKorean Society of Medical Informatics
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AbstractObjectives: The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of mobile health applications in changing health-related behaviors and clinical health outcomes. Methods: A systematic review was conducted in this study. We conducted a comprehensive bibliographic search of articles on health behavior changes related to the use of mobile health applications in peer-reviewed journals published between January 1, 2000 and May 31, 2017. We used databases including CHINAHL, Ovid-Medline, EMBASE, and PubMed. The risk of bias assessment of the retrieved articles was examined using the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network. Results: A total of 20 articles met the inclusion criteria. Sixteen among 20 studies reported that applications have a positive impact on the targeted health behaviors or clinical health outcomes. In addition, most of the studies, which examined the satisfaction of participants, showed health app users have a statistically significant higher satisfaction. Conclusions: Despite the high risk of bias, such as selection, performance, and detection, this systematic review found that the use of mobile health applications has a positive impact on health-related behaviors and clinical health outcomes. Application users were more satisfied with using mobile health applications to manage their health in comparison to users of conventional care. Copyright 2018 The Korean Society of Medical Informatics.
Identifier to cite or link to this itemhttps://www.scopus.com/inward/record.uri?eid=2-s2.0-85052755732&doi=10.4258%2fhir.2018.24.3.207&partnerID=40&md5=a05d5b3279131e4462c2617f07719b36; http://hdl.handle.net/10713/8787