Can existing mobile apps support healthier food purchasing behaviour? Content analysis of nutrition content, behaviour change theory and user quality integration

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dc.contributor.author Flaherty, Sarah-Jane
dc.contributor.author McCarthy, Mary
dc.contributor.author Collins, Alan
dc.contributor.author McAuliffe, Fionnuala
dc.date.accessioned 2017-11-08T12:02:38Z
dc.date.available 2017-11-08T12:02:38Z
dc.date.issued 2017-10-30
dc.identifier.citation Flaherty, S.-J., McCarthy, M., Collins, A. and McAuliffe, F. (2017) 'Can existing mobile apps support healthier food purchasing behaviour? Content analysis of nutrition content, behaviour change theory and user quality integration', Public Health Nutrition, pp. 1-11. doi:10.1017/S1368980017002889 en
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en
dc.identifier.endpage 11 en
dc.identifier.issn 1368-9800
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/4995
dc.identifier.doi 10.1017/S1368980017002889
dc.description.abstract To assess the quality of nutrition content and the integration of user quality components and behaviour change theory relevant to food purchasing behaviour in a sample of existing mobile apps. Descriptive comparative analysis of eleven mobile apps comprising an assessment of their alignment with existing evidence on nutrition, behaviour change and user quality, and their potential ability to support healthier food purchasing behaviour. Mobile apps freely available for public use in GoogePlay were assessed and scored according to agreed criteria to assess nutrition content quality and integration of behaviour change theory and user quality components. A sample of eleven mobile apps that met predefined inclusion criteria to ensure relevance and good quality. The quality of the nutrition content varied. Improvements to the accuracy and appropriateness of nutrition content are needed to ensure mobile apps support a healthy behaviour change process and are accessible to a wider population. There appears to be a narrow focus towards behaviour change with an overemphasis on behavioural outcomes and a small number of behaviour change techniques, which may limit effectiveness. A significant effort from the user was required to use the mobile apps appropriately which may negatively influence user acceptability and subsequent utilisation. Existing mobile apps may offer a potentially effective approach to supporting healthier food purchasing behaviour but improvements in mobile app design are required to maximise their potential effectiveness. Engagement of mobile app users and nutrition professionals is recommended to support effective design. en
dc.description.sponsorship Health Research Board (HRB Centre for Health & Diet Research (grant reference HRC/2014/13), SPHeRE Programme (grant number SPHeRE/2013/1)) en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Cambridge University Press en
dc.relation.uri https://www.cambridge.org/core/article/can-existing-mobile-apps-support-healthier-food-purchasing-behaviour-content-analysis-of-nutrition-content-behaviour-change-theory-and-user-quality-integration/B3874D1C9739FE8FAD4771D012B97167
dc.rights © The Authors 2017. Published by Cambridge University Press (CUP) on behalf of The Nutrition Society en
dc.subject Food purchasing en
dc.subject Habit en
dc.subject Mobile app en
dc.subject Behaviour change en
dc.title Can existing mobile apps support healthier food purchasing behaviour? Content analysis of nutrition content, behaviour change theory and user quality integration en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Mary Mccarthy, Management & Marketing, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: m.mccarthy@ucc.ie en
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dc.check.date 2018-10-30
dc.date.updated 2017-11-08T11:54:15Z
dc.description.version Published Version en
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dc.contributor.funder Health Research Board en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Public Health Nutrition en
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dc.internal.IRISemailaddress m.mccarthy@ucc.ie en


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