Mobile Health Applications for Postpartum Depression Management: A Theory-Informed Analysis of Change-Use-Engagement (CUE) Criteria in the Digital Environment

Alexandra Zingg, Laura Carter, Deevakar Rogith, Sudhakar Selvaraj, Amy Franklin, Sahiti Myneni

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Abstract

Postpartum Depression (PPD) is the most common childbirth complication, with approximately 15% of postpartum women experiencing depression symptoms. Mobile applications have potential to expand delivery of mental health interventions. However, our understanding of how these tools engage women with PPD and facilitate positive behavioral changes is limited. In our paper, we analyze 15 commercial PPD applications to understand their role as facilitators of change, engagement, and sustained use. Applications reviewed contained an average of four theory-based behavioral change techniques, and highest patient engagement level reached was to empower patients through patient-generated data. Heuristic violations were identified in areas including user control and freedom, aesthetic and minimalist design, and help and documentation. An inverse correlation was found between the number of theory-based behavior change features and patient engagement. Findings suggest underserved populations may suffer further limitations accessing relevant health resources in the current application market.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMEDINFO 2021
Subtitle of host publicationOne World, One Health - Global Partnership for Digital Innovation - Proceedings of the 18th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics
EditorsPaula Otero, Philip Scott, Susan Z. Martin, Elaine Huesing
PublisherIOS Press BV
Pages844-848
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781643682648
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 6 2022
Event18th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics: One World, One Health - Global Partnership for Digital Innovation, MEDINFO 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: Oct 2 2021Oct 4 2021

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Volume290
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365

Conference

Conference18th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics: One World, One Health - Global Partnership for Digital Innovation, MEDINFO 2021
CityVirtual, Online
Period10/2/2110/4/21

Keywords

  • Mental Health
  • Mobile Health
  • Postpartum Depression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management

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