Title: The alcohol tracker application: an initial evaluation of user preferences
year: 2016
Journal: BMJ Innov
Volume: 2
Issue: 1
Pages: 01/08/2013
Epubdate: 29/03/2016
date: Jan
Alternate Journal: BMJ innovations
ISSN: 2055-642x
Legal note: PMC4789684
Article Number: 27019744
Keywords: Medical Apps Psychiatry mHealth
Abstract: BACKGROUND: The prevalence of at-risk drinking and alcohol use disorders is increasing. Advances in technology have resulted in numerous smartphone applications for this disorder. However, there are still concerns about the evidence base of previously developed alcohol applications. OBJECTIVE: The following study aims to illustrate how the authors have made use of innovative methodologies to overcome the issues relating to the accuracy of tracking the amount of alcohol one has consumed; it also aims to determine user perceptions about the innovative tracker and various other features of an alcohol self-management application among a group of individuals from the general population of a developed country (Canada). METHODOLOGY: A native alcohol self-management application was developed. In order to determine user perspectives towards this new innovative application, the authors took advantage and made use of crowdsourcing to acquire user perspectives. RESULTS: Our results showed that smartphone ownership is highest among the age group of 35-44 years (91%) and lowest for those aged between 55 and 64 (58%). Our analysis also showed that 25-34-year-olds and 35-44-year-olds drink more frequently than the other groups. Results suggest that notification and information were the two most useful functions, with psychotherapy expected to be the least useful. Females indicated that notification service was the most useful function, while males preferred the information component. CONCLUSIONS: This study has demonstrated how the authors have made use of innovative technologies to overcome the existing concerns pertaining to the utilisation of the blood alcohol concentration levels as a tracker. In addition, the authors have managed to highlight user preferences with regard to an alcohol application.
Notes: Zhang, Melvyn W B Ward, John Ying, John J B Pan, Fang Ho, Roger C M Journal Article England BMJ Innov. 2016 Jan;2(1):8-13. Epub 2015 Oct 9.
URL: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4789684/pdf/bmjinnov-2015-000087.pdf
URI: https://open-access.imh.com.sg/handle/123456789/5024
Authors Address: National Addictions Management Service (NAMS), Institute of Mental Health, Singapore; E-Health Research Consortium. E-Health Research Consortium; University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. E-Health Research Consortium; Institute of Mental Health, Singapore, Singapore. E-Health Research Consortium; Shandong University, Shandong, China. E-Health Research Consortium; Department of Psychological Medicine, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore (NUS).
Database Provider: NLM
language: eng
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