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Nutrients 2018, 10(10), 1462;

A Qualitative Evaluation of the eaTracker® Mobile App

College of Pharmacy and Nutrition, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK S7N 2Z4, Canada
School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1, Canada
Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON M5G 1X8, Canada
Dietitians of Canada, Toronto, ON M5R 1C1, Canada
Childhood Obesity Foundation, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9, Canada
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Received: 29 August 2018 / Revised: 29 September 2018 / Accepted: 4 October 2018 / Published: 9 October 2018
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Background: eaTracker® is Dietitians of Canada’s online nutrition/activity self-monitoring tool accessible via website and mobile app. The purpose of this research was to evaluate the eaTracker® mobile app based on user perspectives. Methods: One-on-one semi-structured interviews were conducted with adult eaTracker® mobile app users who had used the app for ≥ 1 week within the past 90 days. Participants (n = 26; 89% female, 73% 18–50 years) were recruited via email. Interview transcripts were coded using first level coding and pattern coding, where first level codes were grouped according to common themes. Results: Participants mentioned several positive aspects of the mobile app which included: (a) Dashboard displays; (b) backed by dietitians; (c) convenience and ease of use; (d) portion size entry; (e) inclusion of food and physical activity recording; and (f) ability to access more comprehensive information via the eaTracker® website. Challenges with the mobile app included: (a) Search feature; (b) limited food database; (c) differences in mobile app versus website; and (d) inability to customize dashboard displayed information. Suggestions were provided to enhance the app. Conclusion: This evaluation provides useful information to improve the eaTracker® mobile app and also for those looking to develop apps to facilitate positive nutrition/physical activity behavior change. View Full-Text
Keywords: mobile applications; adults; nutritional science; qualitative research mobile applications; adults; nutritional science; qualitative research

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Lieffers, J.R.L.; Valaitis, R.F.; George, T.; Wilson, M.; Macdonald, J.; Hanning, R.M. A Qualitative Evaluation of the eaTracker® Mobile App. Nutrients 2018, 10, 1462.

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