Journal article

How can weight-loss app designers' best engage and support users? A qualitative investigation

Jason Tang, Charles Abraham, Elena Stamp, Colin Greaves

British Journal of Health Psychology | WILEY | Published : 2015

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: This study explored young adults' experiences of using e-health internet-based computer or mobile phone applications (apps) and what they valued about those apps. DESIGN AND METHODS: A qualitative design was used. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with a community sample of 19 young adults who had used a publicly available phone or internet-based application. Transcripts were analysed using thematic analysis. RESULTS: Participants valued an attractive user interface. Structure, ease of use, personalised features and accessibility (including dual phone-computer access) were all important to participants and users indicated that continued use depended on these design featur..

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