App evaluation models

App evaluation models

  • App assessment tools provides guide on informed decision-making about apps.
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The following are examples of published app assessment tools which provide a framework to inform decision making about apps.

Resource   Description
Mobile App Rating Scale (MARS) developed by the Queensland University of Technology (2015)3
  • Designed to score apps on a few comprehensive dimensions such as engagement, functionality, aesthetics and information quality.
  • Read more about MARS(external link)
RCP Health Informatics Unit checklist (2016)4
National Library of Medicine (NLM) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) (2016)
App Chronic Disease Checklist (2016)5
American Psychiatric Association (APA) app evaluation model (2020)
Boudreaux ED, et al (2014)6
  • Published an article that outlines 7 strategies for evaluating and selecting health-related apps. Read more(external link) 
Graded review of dermatology apps (2018)7 
mHealth App Trustworthiness checklist (2019)8


  1. Stoyanov SR, Hides L, Kavanagh DJ, Zelenko O, et al. Mobile app rating scale: a new tool for assessing the quality of health mobile apps(external link) JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2015 Mar 11;3(1):e27.
  2. Jeremy C Wyatt, Harold Thimbleby, et al. What makes a good clinical app? Introducing the RCP Health Informatics Unit checklist(external link) Clin Med (Lond). 2015
  3. Anderson K, Burford O, Emmerton L. App chronic disease checklist: Protocol to evaluate mobile apps for chronic disease self-management.(external link) JMIR Res Protoc. 2016 
  4. Boudreaux ED, Waring ME, Hayes RB, Sadasivam RS, et al. Evaluating and selecting mobile health apps: strategies for healthcare providers and healthcare organizations(external link) Transl Behav Med. 2014 Dec;4(4):363-71.
  5. Masud A, Shafi S, Rao BK. Mobile medical apps for patient education: a graded review of available dermatology apps.(external link) Cutis. 2018 Feb;101(2):141-144. 
  6. van Haasteren A, Gille F, Fadda M, Vayena E. Development of the mHealth app trustworthiness checklist.(external link) Digit Health. 2019
  7. Singh K, Drouin K, Newmark LP, et al. Developing a framework for evaluating the patient engagement, quality, and safety of mobile health applications(external link) The Commonwealth Fund, February 2016. 
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