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      The Iterative Convergent Design for Mobile Health Usability Testing: Mixed Methods Approach

      , BN, MscMed (Clin Epi) , 1 , , BSP, PharmD 1 , , BSc, Pharm, PharmD 1 , , MA, MD, MPH 2

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      JMIR mHealth and uHealth

      JMIR Publications

      mHealth, mixed methods, usability, eHealth, methods

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          Abstract

          Although patients express an interest in using mobile health (mHealth) interventions to manage their health and chronic conditions, many current mHealth interventions are difficult to use. Usability testing is critical for the success of novel mHealth interventions. Researchers recognize the utility of using qualitative and quantitative approaches for usability testing, but many mHealth researchers lack the awareness of integration approaches from advances in mixed methods research that can add value to mHealth technology.

          As efficient usability testing proceeds iteratively, we introduce a novel mixed methods design developed specifically for mHealth researchers. The iterative convergent mixed methods design involves simultaneous qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis that continues cyclically through multiple rounds of mixed methods data collection and analysis until the mHealth technology under evaluation is found to work to the satisfaction of the researcher. In cyclical iterations, early development is more qualitatively driven but progressively becomes more quantitatively driven. Using this design, mHealth researchers can leverage mixed methods integration procedures in the research question, data collection, data analysis, interpretation, and dissemination dimensions.

          This study demonstrates how the iterative convergent mixed methods design provides a novel framework for generating unique insights into multifaceted phenomena impacting mHealth usability. Understanding these practices can help developers and researchers leverage the strengths of an integrated mixed methods design.

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              Emerging Technologies for Next-Generation Point-of-Care Testing.

              Considerable advances in point-of-care testing (POCT) devices stem from innovations in cellphone (CP)-based technologies, paper-based assays (PBAs), lab-on-a-chip (LOC) platforms, novel assay formats, and strategies for long-term reagent storage. Various commercial CP platforms have emerged to provide cost-effective mobile health care and personalized medicine. Such assay formats, as well as low-cost PBAs and LOC-based assays, are paving the way to robust, automated, simplified, and cost-effective POCT. Strategies have also been devised to stabilize reagent storage and usage at ambient temperature. Nevertheless, successful commercialization and widespread implementation of such clinically viable technologies remain subject to several challenges and pending issues.
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                Contributors
                Journal
                JMIR Mhealth Uhealth
                JMIR Mhealth Uhealth
                JMU
                JMIR mHealth and uHealth
                JMIR Publications (Toronto, Canada )
                2291-5222
                April 2019
                26 April 2019
                : 7
                : 4
                Affiliations
                [1 ] Memorial University St John's, NL Canada
                [2 ] Department of Family Medicine University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI United States
                Author notes
                Corresponding Author: Meshari F Alwashmi mfa720@ 123456mun.ca
                Article
                v7i4e11656
                10.2196/11656
                6658163
                31025951
                ©Meshari F Alwashmi, John Hawboldt, Erin Davis, Michael D Fetters. Originally published in JMIR Mhealth and Uhealth (http://mhealth.jmir.org), 26.04.2019.

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License ( https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work, first published in JMIR mhealth and uhealth, is properly cited. The complete bibliographic information, a link to the original publication on http://mhealth.jmir.org/.as well as this copyright and license information must be included.

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