Development, testing and reporting of mobile apps for psycho-social interventions: lessons from the pharmaceuticals

Naeem, Farooq and Syed, Yumeen and Xiang, Shuo and Shokraneh, Farhad and Munshi, Tariq and Yang, Mega and Adams, Clive E. and Farooq, Saeed (2015) Development, testing and reporting of mobile apps for psycho-social interventions: lessons from the pharmaceuticals. Journal of Medical Diagnostic Methods, 04 (04). 1000191/1-1000191/5. ISSN 2168-9784

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The mobile Health offers great potential for delivery of Psycho-social Interventions. So far, the researchers have focused mainly on efficacy, and to some extent feasibility of Psycho-social Interventions. Poor reporting of development and initial testing has been highlighted in the recent published literature. This is not surprising considering the lack of guidance from the national regulatory agencies in developed countries. A lack of standard ways of development and testing of apps makes scientific evaluation of the intervention and replicability almost impossible. Replicabiliy is an essential component of good science. We are proposing a pathway to develop, test and report new mobile apps that deliver Psycho-social Intervention, that is based on current practices of approval of new drugs by the US, Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This proposed process consists of modifications in the current app development process, i.e., planning, alpha and beta testing. We are also suggesting an additional delta stage of testing. We note the advantages and limitations in using such approach.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: mHealth; eHealth; Digital health; Psycho social interventions; Development; Reporting; Testing; Digital media
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine > Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology
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Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2018 08:10
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 17:25

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