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Mobile App-Based Health Promotion Programs: A Systematic Review of the Literature

Authors
 Mikyung Lee  ;  Hyeonkyeong Lee  ;  Youlim Kim  ;  Junghee Kim  ;  Mikyeong Cho  ;  Jaeun Jang  ;  Hyoeun Jang 
Citation
 International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Vol.15(12) : E2838, 2018 
Journal Title
 International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 
ISSN
 1661-7827 
Issue Date
2018
Keywords
app-based intervention ; health promotion ; mobile app ; smartphone
Abstract
This study investigated the features and usefulness of mobile app-based health promotion programs for the general population. A comprehensive bibliographic search of studies on health promotion programs using mobile apps in peer-reviewed journals published in English up to November 2017 was performed using the PubMed, Embase, and CINAHL databases. The inclusion criteria were (1) randomized control trial designs; (2) assessed mobile app-based interventions to promote adult health conditions; 12 studies were ultimately included. The most common topics were diet and physical activity (n = 8) and overall healthy lifestyle improvement (n = 4). The purpose of the apps included providing feedback on one's health status (n = 9) and monitoring individual health status or behavior change (n = 9). Across all studies, health outcomes were shown to be better for mobile app users compared to non-users. Mobile app-based health interventions may be an effective strategy for improving health promotion behaviors in the general population without diseases. This study suggests that mobile app use is becoming commonplace for a variety of health-promoting behaviors in addition to physical activity and weight control. Future research should address the feasibility and effectiveness of using mobile apps for health promotion in developing countries.
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DOI
10.3390/ijerph15122838
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3. College of Nursing (간호대학) > Dept. of Nursing (간호학과) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
김정희(Kim, Jung Hee) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6527-2678
이현경(Lee, Hyeonkyeong) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9558-7737
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