A development and evaluation process for mHealth interventions: examples from New Zealand

Whittaker, Robyn, Merry, Sally, Dorey, Enid and Maddison, Ralph 2012, A development and evaluation process for mHealth interventions: examples from New Zealand, Journal of health communication, vol. 17, no. Suppl 1, pp. 11-21, doi: 10.1080/10810730.2011.649103.

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Title A development and evaluation process for mHealth interventions: examples from New Zealand
Author(s) Whittaker, Robyn
Merry, Sally
Dorey, Enid
Maddison, RalphORCID iD for Maddison, Ralph orcid.org/0000-0001-8564-5518
Journal name Journal of health communication
Volume number 17
Issue number Suppl 1
Start page 11
End page 21
Total pages 11
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2012
ISSN 1087-0415
Keyword(s) Adolescent
Adult
Cell Phones
Depression
Focus Groups
Follow-Up Studies
Health Communication
Humans
Multimedia
New Zealand
Pilot Projects
Program Development
Program Evaluation
Qualitative Research
Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
Research Design
Smoking Cessation
Telemedicine
Video Recording
Young Adult
Summary The authors established a process for the development and testing of mobile phone-based health interventions that has been implemented in several mHealth interventions developed in New Zealand. This process involves a series of steps: conceptualization, formative research to inform the development, pretesting content, pilot study, pragmatic randomized controlled trial, and further qualitative research to inform improvement or implementation. Several themes underlie the entire process, including the integrity of the underlying behavior change theory, allowing for improvements on the basis of participant feedback, and a focus on implementation from the start. The strengths of this process are the involvement of the target audience in the development stages and the use of rigorous research methods to determine effectiveness. The limitations include the time required and potentially a less formalized and randomized approach than some other processes. This article aims to describe the steps and themes in the mHealth development process, using the examples of a mobile phone video messaging smoking cessation intervention and a mobile phone multimedia messaging depression prevention intervention, to stimulate discussion on these and other potential methods.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/10810730.2011.649103
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
0807 Library And Information Studies
2001 Communication And Media Studies
1117 Public Health And Health Services
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2012, Taylor & Francis Group
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