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Nutrients 2018, 10(10), 1462; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu10101462

A Qualitative Evaluation of the eaTracker® Mobile App

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College of Pharmacy and Nutrition, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK S7N 2Z4, Canada
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School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1, Canada
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Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON M5G 1X8, Canada
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Dietitians of Canada, Toronto, ON M5R 1C1, Canada
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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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