World Health Organization Publishes mHealth Guidelines

The mHealth Technical Evidence Review Group of the World Health Organization (WHO) has released a new mHealth research checklist for the reporting of studies involving mobile health interventions. The mHealth evidence reporting and assessment (mERA) checklist offers a standardized approach to reporting of mHealth studies that clearly defines the intervention (content), as well as the context in which the intervention was tested, and how it was done (technical features). The goal is to improve the quality of reporting & facilitate replication. BMJ. 2016 Mar 17;352:i1174....

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Adaptive Text Messaging as an Adjunct to Clinical Care

A study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research described a study that was conducted in families with a preschool-aged child recently diagnosed as overweight or obese by their primary care provider. Parents were coached on skills to promote healthy lifestyle behaviors using cognitive behavior therapy. All of the skills were supported using tailored, adaptive text messaging. The novel feature of this program is that the parents helped to create messages that “spoke to them.” Using an automated software application messages were delivered based on desired content, timing, and frequency to support behavior change or skills practice at home. Results a significant increase in parental beliefs in their ability to engage in healthy lifestyles and self-reported healthy lifestyle behaviors. Furthermore, all parents reported the program as being useful, and indicated a desire to have their pediatric primary care incorporate the text messaging as an additional form of communication. JMIR Vol 4, No 1 (2016): Jan-Mar...

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NIH hosting an mHealth Training Institute

As part of the annual mHealth Summit, this year NIH is offering an mHealth training institute. The event will be held Saturday, December 6, 2014 – Sunday, December 7, 2014. According to the website, “The mHealth Institute is designed to provide behavioral and social scientists tools to successfully add mobile health technologies to their research in a collaborative team environment with mentorship from leaders in the fields of engineering, medicine and the behavioral and social sciences.” mHealth Summit Training...

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AATP Blog

Two most recent AATP Blog previews. Click on title to open AATP Blog AATP Interactive Discovery of Health Apps Among Those With Mental Health NeedsA study published in Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) by Stephen M Schueller, PhD and colleagues from Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, recruited participants from Northwestern University’s Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies’ research registry of individuals with mental health needs. Participants (n=811) completed a survey asking about their use and interest in health and mental health apps. A total of 7 focus groups composed of local participants were conducted with 30 participants that collected more detailed information about their use and interest in health and mental health apps. Barriers to eHealth in PsychiatryUnlike other areas of medicine, technological solutions for mental health are not necessarily sought by consumers nor recommended by clinicians. A study of multidisciplinary professionals was conducted to identify and discuss the barriers to introducing eHealth technology-supported interventions within mental health. Source: Journal of Medical Internet Research, 2/28/17   1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5...

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