Mobile health based apps can improve health outcomes and behaviors in children. In a meta-analysis in the Journal of American Medial Association Pediatrics, researchers analyzed 37 studies with almost 30,000 participants, each of which tested the efficacy of a mobile app designed to address a health issue in children such as diabetes, immunizations, asthma, obesity, among others. The apps used different methods and interventions, including providing personalized reminders and information, recording disease symptoms and offering interactive feedback. the researchers found that the apps significantly improved the health behaviors and outcomes in the children and they were particularly effective when caregivers were involved in the intervention.
Miranda J. Gabriel, Psy.D.
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