Mobile applications to support dietary change: highlighting the importance of evaluation context

Jill Freyne, Emily Brindal, Gilly Hendrie, Shlomo Berkovsky, Mac Coombe

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Abstract

Along with the smart phone came smart phone applications, which range in functionality, complexity and price. Hugely popular are lifestyle applications which include tools for diet and exercise. Despite the popularity of these applications however, we have yet to see any form of rigorous investigation into their value, i.e. their impact on user behaviour and long term health goals. We embarked on a live clinical trial of a behavior based mobile application designed to assist users on meal replacement diet programs to judge its impact and value. Our analysis showed that users were more engaged with a fully interactive application than an information based application, and that varying analysis conditions seemed to result in varying impact.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI EA '12, CHI'12 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages1781-1786
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450310161
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event30th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '12) - Austin, United States
Duration: 5 May 201210 May 2012

Conference

Conference30th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '12)
CountryUnited States
CityAustin
Period5/05/1210/05/12

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