Evaluation of an Electronic Application for Nutritional Information in Food Service Outlets: A Pilot mHealth Application

Evaluation of an Electronic Application for Nutritional Information in Food Service Outlets: A Pilot mHealth Application

Maria Dimitriou (Harokopio University, Kallithea, Greece), Katerina Giazitzi (Harokopio University, Kallithea, Greece), Evaggelia Stavridi (Harokopio University, Kallithea, Greece), George Palisidis (Harokopio University, Kallithea, Greece), Vaios Karathanos (Harokopio University, Kallithea, Greece) and George Boskou (Harokopio University, Kallithea, Greece)
Copyright: © 2017 |Pages: 13
DOI: 10.4018/IJRQEH.2017010104
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Abstract

Technological solutions provided to consumers with the aim of nutritional information, could be a major challenge of interaction among caterers and consumers. The purpose of this paper is to evaluate an Electronic Intelligent System of Personalized Dietary Advice (called “DISYS”) for tablets and smart-phones. This application provides nutritional analysis of menu items and personalized suggestions according to the nutritional demands of each customer. The DISYS application was characterized as an easy-to-use, comprehensive and useful tool. Volunteers consider that this application contributes to overall health by enabling the modulation of body weight throughout healthier choices, reduction of calorie intake and self-monitoring. Application of mHealth as such, designed to provide nutritional information, seems to be useful for customers as they recommend appropriate nutritional options. They seem also to be an effective tool for caterers and nutritionists, who can provide value-added services.
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Methods

A specific questionnaire, which consists of 15 questions, was developed in order to evaluate DISYS app. Potential answers were either in closed fields or in 5 grade likert scale, i.e., Not at all, A little, Moderate, Enough, Very much. The questionnaire as an electronic form is incorporated into the application and requires filling after the first use by the customer. End-users can have access to the “DISYS” features either via a web-browser or use as an application on a smartphone or tablet running on android platform.

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