Young adults who received educational information via mobile technologies successfully reduced heavy drinking days, decreased risky single-occasion drinking and increased the percentage of days avoiding alcohol, according to an AHRQ-funded literature review. The use of mobile phones and other wireless technologies in health care – known as mHealth – is a strategy for engaging young adults who may not be reached by in-person interventions. The review examined 12 research articles, most of which focused on adults between the ages of 18 and 25. Researchers analyzed the use of mHealth apps that included motivational and educational materials, support tools and instruments to track alcohol use. Eleven studies indicated mHealth interventions are most useful when apps maintain regular contact, do not require the participant to initiate contact, vary messages and provide feedback. The study was published in the May issue of Journal of Health Communication. Access the abstract.
A Systematic Review of the mHealth Interventions to Prevent Alcohol and Substance Abuse. - PubMed - NCBI
J Health Commun. 2017 May;22(5):413-432. doi: 10.1080/10810730.2017.1303556. Epub 2017 Apr 10.
A Systematic Review of the mHealth Interventions to Prevent Alcohol and Substance Abuse.