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Title: Development of a healthy lifestyle mobile app for overweight pregnant women: Qualitative study
Authors: Lau Y. 
Cheng L.J.
Chi C.
Tsai C.
Ong K.W.
Ho-Lim S.S.T.
Wang W.
Tan K.-L. 
Keywords: Mobile apps
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Journal of Medical Internet Research
Citation: Lau Y., Cheng L.J., Chi C., Tsai C., Ong K.W., Ho-Lim S.S.T., Wang W., Tan K.-L. (2018). Development of a healthy lifestyle mobile app for overweight pregnant women: Qualitative study. Journal of Medical Internet Research 20 (4) : e91. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Background: Mobile apps are becoming an increasingly ubiquitous platform for delivery of health behavior interventions among overweight and obese perinatal women. However, only a few methodological guidelines on integrating theory, evidence, and qualitative research for their designs are available. Objective: The aim of this study was to develop a theory-based, evidence-driven, and user-centered healthy lifestyle app targeting overweight and obese multiethnic pregnant women. Methods: This paper illustrates how intervention development may be enriched with theoretical basis, systematic review, and qualitative study. An individual face-to-face interview was performed to incorporate the user's involvement in the design. These interviews were audiotaped and transcribed. Thematic analysis technique was used for emerging themes. Results: Integrated concepts of social cognitive theory of self-regulation, self-regulation model, and strength model of self-control were selected as bases of the intervention. Evidence from our systematic review and meta-analysis provided the strongest evidence for the development of intervention. We invited 16 obese or overweight pregnant women to participate in a semistructured interview . The following key themes emerged: content, platform, interactivity, format, and functionality. Apps are a favorable technology platform for healthy diet advice, appropriate physical exercise, and weight management because they are user-friendly and convenient. The app used in this study contains culture-specific, pregnancy-related, and credible contents, including educational, professional and peer support, and self-monitoring domains. The design should include aesthetic appeal, visualized features, and interactive multimedia. Conclusions: A 3-step process integrating theoretical basis, evidence from systematic review, and research findings from target users can be considered a guide for future app development. ? Ying Lau, Ling Jie Cheng, Claudia Chi, Cammy Tsai, Kai Wen Ong, Sarah Su Tin Ho-Lim, Wei Wang, Kian-Lee Tan.
Source Title: Journal of Medical Internet Research
ISSN: 14388871
DOI: 10.2196/mhealth.9718
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