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Available mHealth applications for spinal surgery patients : a systematic app review.

Schulze, Jennifer (2020) Available mHealth applications for spinal surgery patients : a systematic app review.

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Abstract:Despite the broad availability of mHealth applications in the spinal surgery sector, their content, quality, and scientific evidence remains vague. Therefore, a systematic review was conducted to assess mHealth applications targeted to spinal surgery patients and spinal surgery interventions. The two major app stores (IOS and Android) were searched. Apps were evaluated using the Mobile App Rating Scale (MARS) along with a qualitative content assessment. In addition, available scientific evidence regarding the apps’ effectiveness was collected. 43 unique apps were identified focussing on physical health, well-being, exercise, and education. On a 5- point scale, the overall app quality mean score was 3.64, with individual app scores ranging from 4.76 to 2.05. The overall in-app engagement was poor, with a total mean score of 3.16. Apps scored highest in the category ‘Functionality’ with a total mean score of 4.16. In addition, it was found that the scientific evidence of the assessed apps was limited, with only 5 apps supported by scientific evidence. Therefore, this review highlights the need for more scientific testing regarding mHealth apps’ effectiveness, along with quality improvement regarding user engagement.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/82218
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