Development and validation of the user version of the mobile application rating scale (uMARS)

Stoyanov, Stoyan R., Hides, Leanne, Kavanagh, David J. and Wilson, Hollie (2016) Development and validation of the user version of the mobile application rating scale (uMARS). JMIR mHealth and uHealth, 4 2: 589-593. doi:10.2196/mhealth.5849

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Author Stoyanov, Stoyan R.
Hides, Leanne
Kavanagh, David J.
Wilson, Hollie
Title Development and validation of the user version of the mobile application rating scale (uMARS)
Journal name JMIR mHealth and uHealth   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2291-5222
Publication date 2016-04-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.2196/mhealth.5849
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 4
Issue 2
Start page 589
End page 593
Total pages 5
Place of publication Toronto, ON, Canada
Publisher J M I R Publications
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: The Mobile Application Rating Scale (MARS) provides a reliable method to assess the quality of mobile health (mHealth) apps. However, training and expertise in mHealth and the relevant health field is required to administer it.

Objective: This study describes the development and reliability testing of an end-user version of the MARS (uMARS).

Methods: The MARS was simplified and piloted with 13 young people to create the uMARS. The internal consistency and test-retest reliability of the uMARS was then examined in a second sample of 164 young people participating in a randomized controlled trial of a mHealth app. App ratings were collected using the uMARS at 1-, 3,- and 6-month follow up.

Results: The uMARS had excellent internal consistency (alpha = .90), with high individual alphas for all subscales. The total score and subscales had good test-retest reliability over both 1-2 months and 3 months.

Conclusions: The uMARS is a simple tool that can be reliably used by end-users to assess the quality of mHealth apps.
Keyword Mars
App evaluation
End user
App trial
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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