Aplicaciones móviles de control de peso y dieta saludable ¿todas valen?

Títol traduït de la contribució: Aplicaciones móviles de control de peso y dieta saludable ¿todas valen?

Cristina Dolado Martín, Sofia Berlanga Fernández, Marta Massip-Salcedo

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Mobile apps for weight control and healthy diet, are they all useful? Objective: to analyze the mobile applications from the Apps Store for Android, targeted to body weight control and adequate diet in healthy adults or those with excess weight or obesity.

Method: a descriptive cross-sectional study, conducting a search for free apps in Spanish, targeted to healthy adults or those with some chronic condition, included in the “Health and Wellbeing” category of Google Play Store. The iSYScore variables were used: popularity, reliability and utility. Besides, involvement of a healthcare professional in the design and creation of the application was also added.

Results: in total, 76 free apps were analyzed (40% of them offered sales inside); 90% of these achieved a positive score by users but, after analysis, 50% offered low reliability, 43% offered information only, without any other utility or no utility at all, and healthcare professionals were only involved in five apps.

Conclusions: these mobile applications represent a tool easy to access, and there is a wide offer. However, those most popular are not always the most reliable, useful and with good quality, and no healthcare professional has been involved in their creation. Therefore, it is necessary to increase and/or create awareness about the current regulations, publishing scientific recommendations or providing quality seals to the app that will be known by users; there must also be a promotion of the development of applications based on scientific evidence, ensuring the quality of their contents, that will provide useful tools. With all this, applications would be a beneficial and useful tool, safe, reliable and trustworthy, for weight control and healthy diet
Títol traduït de la contribucióAplicaciones móviles de control de peso y dieta saludable ¿todas valen?
Idioma originalCastellà
Nombre de pàgines7
Publicació especialitzadaRevista Iberoamericana de Enfermería Comunitaria
Estat de la publicacióPublicada - 1 de juny 2018


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