Journal article

A Smartphone App to Assess Alcohol Consumption Behavior: Development, Compliance, and Reactivity

Antoinette Poulton, Jason Pan, Loren Richard Bruns, Richard O Sinnott, Robert Hester



BACKGROUND: There are disadvantages-largely related to cost, participant burden, and missing data-associated with traditional electronic methods of assessing drinking behavior in real time. This potentially diminishes some of the advantages-namely, enhanced sample size and diversity-typically attributed to these methods. Download of smartphone apps to participants' own phones might preserve these advantages. However, to date, few researchers have detailed the process involved in developing custom-built apps for use in the experimental arena or explored methodological concerns regarding compliance and reactivity. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to describe the process used to guide the d..

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Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council

Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors wish to thank Jiajie Li and Jemie Effendy who assisted with upgrades to the smartphone app as well as Cameron Patrick from the Melbourne Statistical Consulting Platform for advice in reviewing the analyses. This research was supported by an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council grant (1050766), and an Australian Research Council fellowship (FT110100088). The funding bodies had no role in the study design, collection, analysis or interpretation of data, writing the manuscript, or in the decision to submit the paper for publication.