JMIR mHealth and uHealth
Mobile and tablet apps, ubiquitous and pervasive computing, wearable computing and domotics for health.
JMIR mhealth and uhealth (mobile and ubiquitous health) (JMU, ISSN 2291-5222) is a spin-off journal of JMIR, the leading eHealth journal (Impact Factor 2015: 4.532). For JMIR mHealth and uHealth we are expecting the first impact factor in 2017 which will be at least 2.84. The journal focusses on health and biomedical applications in mobile and tablet computing, pervasive and ubiquitous computing, wearable computing and domotics.
JMIR mHealth and uHealth publishes since 2013 and was the first mhealth journal in Pubmed. It publishes even faster and has a broader scope with including papers which are more technical or more formative/developmental than what would be published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.
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Comment on Wu et al. Mobile App-Based Interventions to Support Diabetes Self-Management: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials to Identify Functions Associated with Glycemic Efficacy. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2017;5(3):e35
Date Submitted: Apr 20, 2017
Open Peer Review Period: May 17, 2017 - Jul 12, 2017
Mobile Apps for Suicide Prevention: Review in Virtual Stores and Literature
Date Submitted: May 12, 2017
Open Peer Review Period: May 13, 2017 - Jul 8, 2017
Background: The best manner to prevent suicide is to recognize the suicidal signs and signals, and know how to respond to them. Objective: To study the existing mobile apps for suicide prevent in the...
Background: The best manner to prevent suicide is to recognize the suicidal signs and signals, and know how to respond to them. Objective: To study the existing mobile apps for suicide prevent in the literature and the most important virtual stores. Methods: Two reviews are carried out. The first is done by searching the most used commercial app stores such as iTunes and Google Play. The second is a review of mhealth apps in the published articles from the following 7 scientific databases: Science Direct, Medline, PsycINFO, Embase, The Cochrane Library, IEEE Xplore and Google Scholar from the last 10 years. Results: A total of 124 apps related to suicide were found in the cited virtual stores but only 20 apps were specifically for suicide prevention. All them are free and most are for Android. Furthermore, 6 relevant papers were found in the indicated scientific databases. Pilot experiences were commented where physicians and families have an important work. Conclusions: The number of apps about suicide prevention is small, mainly in literature. There was little information. Many of these apps provide no interactive features. It is important to verify the accuracy of the results of different apps that are available on iOS and Android. The confidence generated by these applications can benefit users who use it, either by improving their health monitoring or only to verify their body condition.
The Beliefs and Usage of Social Media among General Practitioner Trainers in China: A Cross-Sectional Survey
Date Submitted: May 5, 2017
Open Peer Review Period: May 9, 2017 - Jul 4, 2017
Background: It has become a new lifestyle of using SM to acquiring all kinds of information. Objective: The objectives of this study were to determine GP trainers’ current use of SM and their belief...
Background: It has become a new lifestyle of using SM to acquiring all kinds of information. Objective: The objectives of this study were to determine GP trainers’ current use of SM and their beliefs and attitudes regarding use of social media in China. Methods: A cross-sectional questionnaire survey was taken in China. Data probing GP trainers’ use of SM, attitudes toward use of SM in clinical work and education were collected and analyzed. Results: 407 GP trainers participated in the survey, the response rate was 61.4%. All the respondents reported that they have at least a SM account, with the most common type is Wechat. (1) 99.3% respondents replied that they would add a colleague as a friend via SM; however, only 68.6% of them would add a patient. The respondents who worked for a long time were more likely to add a colleague as a friend (χ2 =48.030, P = 0.000). There is a significant difference between different gender (χ2 =5.540, P = 0.019) and working experience levels (χ2 =89.638, P = 0.000) on adding a patient as a friend. (2) More than half of respondents have been contacted by a patient more than 5 times per year, whereas 67.2% attempted to contact a patient by SM less than 3 times per year, and 52.3% of respondents have never visited their patients’ SM page to gather information. (3) 140 of 407 (34.4%) of respondents used SM daily to explore medical information, whereas 42 of 407 (10.3%) contributed new information via SM on a daily basis. There is a significant difference among different areas on using SM to seeking specific medical problems (χ2 =25.835, P = 0.011). (4) Most of respondents believed that the use of SM is useful and beneficial, but they took a neutral attitude on the quality of information from SM. Conclusions: SM is widely used among GP trainers in China. Most of the participants believed that SM is useful and beneficial on their work， but there are still some problems for them to use SM in health care and medical education.
ADHD: is there an app for that? A suitability assessment of apps for the parents of children and young people with ADHD
Date Submitted: Apr 28, 2017
Open Peer Review Period: Apr 30, 2017 - Jun 25, 2017
Background: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a highly co-morbid disorder that can impact hugely on the individual and their family. ADHD is managed via pharmacological and non-pharma...
Background: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a highly co-morbid disorder that can impact hugely on the individual and their family. ADHD is managed via pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions. Parents also gain support from parent support groups, which may include chat rooms as well as face-to-face meetings. With the growth of technology use over recent years, parents have access to more resources that ever before. A number of mobile applications (apps) have been developed to help parents manage ADHD in their children and young people. Unfortunately many of these apps are not evidence based and little is known of their suitability for the parents or whether they are helpful in ADHD management. Objective: To explore: 1.parents’ views of the suitability of the top ten listed apps for parents of children and young people (YP) with ADHD. 2. The views of clinicians that work with them on the suitability and value of the apps. Methods: The top ten listed apps specifically targeted towards the parents of children and YP with ADHD were identified via the Google Play (n=5) and iTunes Store (n=5). Interviews were then undertaken with seven parents of children/YP with ADHD and six clinicians who specialise in working with this population to explore their opinions of the ten apps identified and what they believe the key components are for apps to be suitable and valuable for this population. Results: Results: Four themes emerged from clinician and parent interviews: • the importance of relating to the app, • apps that address ADHD related difficulties, • how the apps can affect family relationships, • apps as an educational tool. Two additional themes emerged from the clinician interviews alone; monitoring ADHD symptoms and that apps should be practical. Parents also identified an additional theme; the importance of the technology. Overall, the characteristics of the currently most popular apps did not appear to match well to the views of our sample. Conclusions: Findings suggest that these apps may not fully meet the complex needs of this parent population. Further research is required in order to explore the value of apps with this population and how they can be tailored to their very specific needs. Clinical Trial: N/A
Does using plain language and adding communication technology to an existing health related questionnaire help to generate accurate information?
Date Submitted: Apr 28, 2017
Open Peer Review Period: Apr 29, 2017 - Jun 24, 2017
Background: Low educated patients are disadvantaged in using questionnaires within the health care setting, because most health related questionnaires are not taking educational background of patients...
Background: Low educated patients are disadvantaged in using questionnaires within the health care setting, because most health related questionnaires are not taking educational background of patients into account. The ‘Dutch Talking Touch Screen Questionnaire’ (DTTSQ) was developed in an attempt to meet the needs of low educated patients by using plain language and adding communication technology to an existing paper-based questionnaire. For physical therapists to use the DTTSQ as part of their intake procedure it needs to generate accurate information from all of their patients, independent from educational level. Objective: The aim of this study was to get a first impression of the information that is generated by the DTTSQ. To achieve this goal, response processes of physical therapy patients with diverse levels of education were analyzed. Methods: The qualitative Three Step Test Interview method was used to collect observational data on actual response behavior of twenty-four physical therapy patients with diverse levels of education. The interviews included both think-a-loud and retrospective probing techniques. Results: Twenty of the twenty-four respondents encountered one or more problems during their response process. Almost three quarters of all problems were generated by two of the total of eight questions. No problems were experienced with comprehension of text or wording. No educational group in this research population stood out from the rest in the sort or amount of problems that arose. In spite of the fact that twenty respondents did not respond to each question in the way that was intended by its developers, all respondents recognized themselves in the outcomes of the questionnaire. Conclusions: The results of this study show that the DTTSQ, except for two questions, was reasonably successful in generating the information that it was meant to generate. On the basis of the results of this study developers are recommended to pre-test both the effects of formulation of text and the design of the user-interface on the response processes of the target population during the development of digital(ized) health related questionnaires.
Acceptability of Electronic Brief Intervention and Text Messaging for Marijuana Use During Pregnancy
Date Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
Open Peer Review Period: Apr 26, 2017 - Jun 21, 2017
Background: Marijuana is the most widely used illicit substance during pregnancy. Technology-delivered brief interventions and text messaging have shown promise in general and pregnant samples, but ha...
Background: Marijuana is the most widely used illicit substance during pregnancy. Technology-delivered brief interventions and text messaging have shown promise in general and pregnant samples, but have not yet been applied to marijuana use in pregnancy. Objective: To evaluate, among pregnant women and prenatal care providers, the acceptability of an electronic brief intervention and text messaging plan for marijuana use in pregnancy. Methods: Participants included patients (n= 10) and medical staff (n = 12) from an urban prenatal clinic. Patient-participants were recruited directly during a prenatal care visit. Those who were eligible reviewed the interventions individually and provided quantitative and qualitative feedback regarding software acceptability and helpfulness during a one on one interview with research staff. Provider-participants took part in focus groups in which the intervention materials were reviewed and discussed. Qualitative and focus group feedback was transcribed, coded manually, and classified by category and theme. Results: Patient-participants provided high ratings for satisfaction, with mean ratings for respectfulness, interest, ease of use, and helpfulness ranging between 4.4 and 4.7 on a 1-5 Likert scale. Five of ten participants reported that they preferred working with the program versus their doctor and 9 of 10 said the intervention made them more likely to reduce their marijuana use. Provider-participants received the program favorably, stating the information presented was both relevant and important for their patient population. Conclusions: These findings support the acceptability of electronic brief intervention and text messaging for marijuana use during pregnancy. This, combined with their ease of use and low barrier to initiation, suggests that further evaluation is justified. Clinical Trial: NC702191605