Journal article

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

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

JMIR Publications Inc.

Abstract

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. ..

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