Development and validation of the user version of the Mobile Application Rating Scale (uMARS)
Stoyanov, Stoyan, Hides, Leanne, Kavanagh, David J., & Wilson, Hollie (2016) Development and validation of the user version of the Mobile Application Rating Scale (uMARS). JMIR Mhealth Uhealth, 4(2), e72.
- The Mobile Application Rating Scale (MARS) provides a reliable method to assess the quality of mobile health (mHealth) apps. However, training and expertise in mHealth and the relevant health field is required to administer it.
- This study describes the development and reliability testing of an end-user version of the MARS (uMARS).
- The MARS was simplified and piloted with 13 young people to create the uMARS. The internal consistency and test-retest reliability of the uMARS was then examined in a second sample of 164 young people participating in a randomized controlled trial of a mHealth app. App ratings were collected using the uMARS at 1-, 3,- and 6-month follow up.
- The uMARS had excellent internal consistency (alpha = .90), with high individual alphas for all subscales. The total score and subscales had good test-retest reliability over both 1-2 months and 3 months.
- The uMARS is a simple tool that can be reliably used by end-users to assess the quality of mHealth apps.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Australia, Internet, MARS, RCT, anxiety, anxiety disorders, app evaluation, app rating, app trial, cellphone, cognitive behavioral therapy, depression, depressive disorder, e-therapy, eHealth, emental disorder, end user, evidence-informed, mHealth, mHealth evaluation, mHealth implementation, mental health, mhealth trial, mobile application, mobile health, online, randomized control trial, reliability, research translation, smartphone, telemedicine, user testing, well being|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > TECHNOLOGY (100000) > OTHER TECHNOLOGY (109900) > Technology not elsewhere classified (109999)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Psychology not elsewhere classified (170199)
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2016 Stoyan R Stoyanov, Leanne Hides, David J Kavanagh, Hollie Wilson. Originally published in JMIR Mhealth and Uhealth (http://mhealth.jmir.org), 10.06.2016.|
|Copyright Statement:||This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work, first published in JMIR mhealth and uhealth, is properly cited. The complete bibliographic information, a link to the original publication on http://mhealth.jmir.org/, as well as this copyright and license information must be included.|
|Deposited On:||17 Jul 2016 22:25|
|Last Modified:||20 Jul 2016 03:45|
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