Using mHealth for weight loss: A systematic review of evidence

Katerina Dounavi, Olga Tsoumani

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Abstract

Weight management, encompassing both weight loss and the long-term maintenance of weight-loss changes, requires the modification of dietary and physical activity habits. The present paper reviews the latest research on the efficacy of mobile health (mHealth) technology as a facilitator of behavioural changes (i.e. eating and physical activity behaviour changes) required for successful weight management. A systematic search was conducted in Ovid MEDLINE and Ovid PsychInfo databases, aiming to identify studies published in peer-reviewed journals since 2012. Results are presented in terms of participant characteristics, mobile health components, additional treatments, dependent variables, and treatment efficacy. Indicators of study quality and social validity are also presented. Recommendations are issued about future developments in the use of mHealth for weight management interventions, supported by a behaviour-analytic approach.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 18 May 2018
Event8th Congress of the Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders – European Chapter - Megaron Athens International Conference Centre, Athens, Greece
Duration: 17 May 201819 May 2018
https://www.ifso-ec2018.com/programme/

Conference

Conference8th Congress of the Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders – European Chapter
Abbreviated title8th IFSO-EC
CountryGreece
CityAthens
Period17/05/201819/05/2018
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Keywords

  • systematic review
  • weight management
  • mobile health
  • Behaviour Change

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