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Mobile phone apps for behavioral interventions for at-risk drinkers in Australia: Literature review

Choo, C.C. and Burton, A.D. (2018) Mobile phone apps for behavioral interventions for at-risk drinkers in Australia: Literature review. JMIR mHealth and uHealth, 6 (2). e18.

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Abstract

Background: The mobile technology era has ushered in the use of mobile phone apps for behavioral intervention for at-risk drinkers.

Objective: Our objective was to review recent research relevant to mobile phone apps that can be used for behavioral intervention for at-risk drinkers in Australia.

Methods: The inclusion criteria for this review were articles published in peer-reviewed journals from 2001 to 2017 with use of the search terms “smartphone application,” “alcohol,” “substance,” “behavioural intervention,” “electronic health,” and “mobile health.”

Results: In total, we identified 103 abstracts, screened 90 articles, and assessed 50 full-text articles that fit the inclusion criteria for eligibility. We included 19 articles in this review.

Conclusions: This review highlighted the paucity of evidence-based and empirically validated research into effective mobile phone apps that can be used for behavioral interventions with at-risk drinkers in Australia.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Psychology and Exercise Science
Publisher: JMIR Publications
Copyright: © Carol C Choo, André A D Burton
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/40389
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