Mar 21, 2017
By Jane Brown
Phone apps are touted as a great way to target behavioural health changes in children, but do they make kids healthier?
Using search terms such as “telemedicine,” “eHealth,” and “mobile health,” researchers found 37 studies evaluating health outcomes in kids 18 or younger that used directly quantifiable outcomes.
But because of the limited available data on these apps, they couldn’t look at the effects on particular diseases or health outcomes.
In total, the 37 studies representing 30,000 kids went into their meta-analysis.
They found that mobile health apps had a small, but significant, positive effect on health outcomes.
You can read about the study in JAMA Pediatrics.