Journal article

Quantifying App Store Dynamics: Longitudinal Tracking of Mental Health Apps

Mark Erik Larsen, Jennifer Nicholas, Helen Christensen

JMIR MHEALTH AND UHEALTH | JMIR PUBLICATIONS, INC | Published : 2016

Abstract

BACKGROUND: For many mental health conditions, mobile health apps offer the ability to deliver information, support, and intervention outside the clinical setting. However, there are difficulties with the use of a commercial app store to distribute health care resources, including turnover of apps, irrelevance of apps, and discordance with evidence-based practice. OBJECTIVE: The primary aim of this study was to quantify the longevity and rate of turnover of mental health apps within the official Android and iOS app stores. The secondary aim was to quantify the proportion of apps that were clinically relevant and assess whether the longevity of these apps differed from clinically nonrelevant ..

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