Mobile apps for older adults: systematic search and evaluation within online stores
Portenhauser, Alexandra A.
Sander, Lasse B.
Denkinger, Michael D.
JMIR Aging ; 4 (2021), 1. - Art.-Nr. e23313. - eISSN 2561-7605
Link to original publicationhttps://dx.doi.org/10.2196/23313
FacultiesFakultät für Ingenieurwissenschaften, Informatik und Psychologie
InstitutionsInstitut für Psychologie und Pädagogik
Bethesda Geriatrische Klinik Ulm
Institut für Datenbanken und Informationssysteme
External cooperationsAlbert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Boston University School of Public Health
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Background: Through the increasingly aging population, the health care system is confronted with various challenges such as expanding health care costs. To manage these challenges, mobile apps may represent a cost-effective and low-threshold approach to support older adults. Objective: This systematic review aimed to evaluate the quality, characteristics, as well as privacy and security measures of mobile apps for older adults in the European commercial app stores. Methods: In the European Google Play and App Store, a web crawler systematically searched for mobile apps for older adults. The identified mobile apps were evaluated by two independent reviewers using the German version of the Mobile Application Rating Scale. A correlation between the user star rating and overall rating was calculated. An exploratory regression analysis was conducted to determine whether the obligation to pay fees predicted overall quality. Results: In total, 83 of 1217 identified mobile apps were included in the analysis. Generally, the mobile apps for older adults were of moderate quality (mean 3.22 [SD 0.68]). Four mobile apps (5%) were evidence-based; 49% (41/83) had no security measures. The user star rating correlated significantly positively with the overall rating (r=.30, P=.01). Obligation to pay fees could not predict overall quality. Conclusions: There is an extensive quality range within mobile apps for older adults, indicating deficits in terms of information quality, data protection, and security precautions, as well as a lack of evidence-based approaches. Central databases are needed to identify high-quality mobile apps.
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Subject headings[GND]: Telemedizin | App <Programm> | Alter <60-90 Jahre>
[MeSH]: Telemedicine | Mobile applications | Aging
[Free subject headings]: MHealth | MARS | MARS-G | Older adults | Mobile apps | Apps
[DDC subject group]: DDC 610 / Medicine & health
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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://dx.doi.org/10.18725/OPARU-38068