Evidence corner

Evidence corner

  • There are hundreds of thousands of health-related mobile apps available from app stores and research in the app space is growing substantially.
  • The purpose of the app library evidence corner is to showcase recent New Zealand studies on health apps.
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  1. SPGeTTI: A Smartphone-Based Problem Gambling Evaluation And Technology Testing Initiative(external link)
  2. Current practices of health care providers in recommending online resources for chronic pain self-management(external link)
  3. Association between user engagement of a mobile health app for gout and improvements in self-care behaviors: randomized controlled trial(external link)
  4. Reliability and validity of clinically accessible smartphone applications to measure joint range of motion: a systematic review(external link)
  5. Mental Health Care for Service Members and Their Families Across the Globe.(external link)
  6. The Importance of User Segmentation for Designing Digital Therapy for Adolescent Mental Health: Findings From Scoping Processes.(external link)
  7. mHealth Interventions for Exercise and Risk Factor Modification in Cardiovascular Disease.(external link)
  8. Mass media promotion of a smartphone smoking cessation app: modelled health and cost-saving impacts.(external link)
  9. Evaluation of Self-Management Support Functions in Apps for People With Persistent Pain: Systematic Review.(external link)
  10. Impact of a smartphone app on prescriber adherence to antibiotic guidelines in adult patients with community acquired pneumonia or urinary tract infections.(external link)
  11. Health Benefits and Cost-Effectiveness From Promoting Smartphone Apps for Weight Loss: Multistate Life Table Modeling.(external link)


  1. Moving beyond the individual: mHealth tools for social change in low-resource settings.(external link)
  2. Effect of a Mobile Phone Intervention on Quitting Smoking in a Young Adult Population of Smokers: Randomized Controlled Trial.(external link)
  3. Behavior Change for Youth Drivers: Design and Development of a Smartphone-Based App (BackPocketDriver).(external link) 
  4. Keeping Up with the Applications: Lessons Learned Evaluating Gout Apps.(external link)
  5. A Co-Designed, Culturally-Tailored mHealth Tool to Support Healthy Lifestyles in Māori and Pasifika Communities in New Zealand: Protocol for a Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial.(external link)
  6. Beyond the Trial: Systematic Review of Real-World Uptake and Engagement With Digital Self-Help Interventions for Depression, Low Mood, or Anxiety(external link)
  7. "I did a lot of Googling": A qualitative study of exclusive breastfeeding support through social media(external link)
  8. Self-monitoring has no adverse effect on disordered eating in adults seeking treatment for obesity(external link)


  1. Acceptance of Using an Ecosystem of Mobile Apps for Use in Diabetes Clinic for Self-Management of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus(external link)
  2. Social anxiety apps: a systematic review and assessment of app descriptors across mobile store platforms(external link)
  3. Apps to improve diet, physical activity and sedentary behaviour in children and adolescents: a review of quality, features and behaviour change techniques(external link)
  4. Use of and Beliefs About Mobile Phone Apps for Diabetes Self-Management: Surveys of People in a Hospital Diabetes Clinic and Diabetes Health Professionals in New Zealand(external link)

App developer: If you are the developer and would like to provide updated information about this app, please email the app library manager at hello@healthify.nz

Disclaimer: Healthify’s app library is a free consumer service to help you decide whether a health app would be suitable for you. Our review process is independent. We have no relationship with the app developers or companies and no responsibility for the service they provide. This means that if you have an issue with one of the apps we have reviewed, you will need to contact the app developer or company directly.

Credits: Healthify editorial team. Healthify is brought to you by Health Navigator Charitable Trust.