A new freely accessible paper in JAMA Cardiology suggests that smartphone apps for health can be used to gather data for research trials.
The study also suggests that healthcare apps:-
- May not be used properly in some cases. In this study for instance only 9% of participants completed the 7 days of motion data capture.
- Interest in the apps begins to drop off fairly quickly.
The paper adds to the emerging evidence base of the benefits of healthcare apps for research but also the challenges of keeping people interested in apps.
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