A Qualitative Evaluation of the eaTracker® Mobile App
AbstractBackground: 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
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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.
Lieffers JRL, Valaitis RF, George T, Wilson M, Macdonald J, Hanning RM. A Qualitative Evaluation of the eaTracker® Mobile App. Nutrients. 2018; 10(10):1462.Chicago/Turabian Style
Lieffers, Jessica R.L.; Valaitis, Renata F.; George, Tessy; Wilson, Mark; Macdonald, Janice; Hanning, Rhona M. 2018. "A Qualitative Evaluation of the eaTracker® Mobile App." Nutrients 10, no. 10: 1462.
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