Influences on uptake and engagement with health and wellbeing smartphone apps: a mixed-methods systematic review.
PHE ePoster Library. Szinay D. 09/12/19; 274529; 86
Dorothy Szinay
Dorothy Szinay
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Abstract Background
Digital behaviour change interventions (DBCI), such as smartphone apps, could provide an effective and cost-effective way to improve and maintain good physical and mental health. However, uptake and engagement with these are currently low. Therefore, there is an urgent need to identify factors that influence the uptake and engagement with health and wellbeing apps to inform new approaches to promoting the use of effective DBCI. Methods: A systematic review including quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods studies focused on health and wellbeing smartphone apps reporting on uptake and engagement behaviour among adults. Studies identified through a systematic search in relevant electronic databases were screened by the first author. To reduce selection bias 10% of abstracts and 20% full texts were double screened. Disagreement were resolved through discussion with a third reviewer. Data extraction was completed by the first author and checked for accuracy by another author and includes: characteristics of the studies, study design and methods used, objectives, outcomes measured, or topics covered, findings and quality appraisal. The findings were mapped onto the components of the COM-B (Capability, Opportunity, Motivation, Behaviour) model, a framework that will help to understand the behaviour related to uptake and engagement of health and wellbeing smartphone apps.
The data synthesis is currently underway, and the findings will be presented at the conference.
This review will inform future research as well as stakeholders in public health and policymakers, DBCI developers and providers on the optimisation of health and wellbeing smartphone app uptake and engagement. External funding details
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