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Development, testing and reporting of mobile apps for psycho-social interventions: lessons from the pharmaceuticals

Naeem, Farooq; Syed, Yumeen; Xiang, Shuo; Shokraneh, Farhad; Munshi, Tariq; Yang, Mega; Adams, Clive E.; Farooq, Saeed

Authors

Farooq Naeem

Yumeen Syed

Shuo Xiang

Farhad Shokraneh

Tariq Munshi

Mega Yang

Clive E. Adams

Saeed Farooq



Abstract

The mobile Health offers great potential for delivery of Psycho-social Interventions. So far, the researchers have focused mainly on efficacy, and to some extent feasibility of Psycho-social Interventions. Poor reporting of development and initial testing has been highlighted in the recent published literature. This is not surprising considering the lack of guidance from the national regulatory agencies in developed countries. A lack of standard ways of development and testing of apps makes scientific evaluation of the intervention and replicability almost impossible. Replicabiliy is an essential component of good science. We are proposing a pathway to develop, test and report new mobile apps that deliver Psycho-social Intervention, that is based on current practices of approval of new drugs by the US, Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This proposed process consists of modifications in the current app development process, i.e., planning, alpha and beta testing. We are also suggesting an additional delta stage of testing. We note the advantages and limitations in using such approach.

Citation

Naeem, F., Syed, Y., Xiang, S., Shokraneh, F., Munshi, T., Yang, M., …Farooq, S. (2015). Development, testing and reporting of mobile apps for psycho-social interventions: lessons from the pharmaceuticals. https://doi.org/10.4172/2168-9784.1000191

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 29, 2015
Publication Date Dec 31, 2015
Deposit Date Mar 2, 2018
Publicly Available Date Mar 2, 2018
Journal Journal of Medical Diagnostic Methods
Electronic ISSN 2168-9784
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 4
Issue 4
Article Number 1000191
DOI https://doi.org/10.4172/2168-9784.1000191
Keywords mHealth; eHealth; Digital health; Psycho social interventions; Development; Reporting; Testing; Digital media
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/50110
Publisher URL https://www.omicsonline.org/open-access/development-testing-and-reporting-of-mobile-apps-for-psychosocialinterventions-lessons-from-the-pharmaceuticals-2168-9784-1000191.php?aid=65355
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

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