Review of Behaviour Change Techniques (BCTs) of health and lifestyle-related apps on Apple App Store.
The review aimed at assessing the general characteristics and mapping of the Behaviour Change Techniques (BCTs) in health and lifestyle-based apps. The search was conducted in February 2021 in India using the Apple App Store database to identify health and lifestyle apps. Keywords used for the search were Nutrition, Obesity, Cholesterol, Diabetes, Hypertension, Exercise, and Yoga. A total of 47 apps were included for further analysis.
Objective: The review aimed at assessing the general characteristics and mapping of the included BCTs in health and lifestyle-based apps
Most common BCTs incorporated in the apps were providing general instructions, goal setting and demonstrating the activity through visual or physical means. A considerable scope is there in the creation of high-quality apps on iTunes with effective up to date BCTs aiming at improving the health and lifestyle of the users.
FHTS, New Delhi and St Anns, Hyderabad