Open Access Thesis
Master of Science (MS)
Rubina S. Haque, Ph.D., R.D., Chair
Anahita Mistry, Ph.D.
Colleen DeBoer, M.S., R.D., L.D.N.
Background: Dietitians play an important role in weight management. Self-monitoring of food intake is an effective tool for weight management. As smartphones gain popularity, many individuals are using smartphone apps for diet tracking to lose weight.
Objective: To determine the dietitians’ perception on whether their involvement with the use of smartphone weight loss apps results in increased patient/client adherence and increased weight loss.
Methods: An online survey was completed by 2,532 weight management dietitians. Paired t-tests were used to determine dietitians’ perceptions on patient/client adherence and weight loss using smartphone apps with dietitian intervention compared to without dietitian intervention (p<.05).
Results/Conclusion: Eighty-three percent of weight management dietitians recommended smartphone weight loss apps. Dietitians’ perceive adherence with smartphone apps to be significantly greater with dietitian feedback than without dietitian feedback (p=.000). Dietitians also perceive weight loss with smartphone apps to be significantly greater with dietitian feedback than without dietitian feedback (p=.000).
Abernathy, Kathleen, "Patient Adherence to Smartphone Weight Loss Applications: A Dietitian Perception Study" (2015). Master's Theses and Doctoral Dissertations. 732.