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Prevention of tick bites: an evaluation of a smartphone app

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Infectious Diseases, December 2017
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Title
Prevention of tick bites: an evaluation of a smartphone app
Published in
BMC Infectious Diseases, December 2017
DOI 10.1186/s12879-017-2836-4
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L. Antonise-Kamp, D. J. M. A. Beaujean, R. Crutzen, J. E. van Steenbergen, D. Ruwaard

Abstract

Lyme borreliosis (LB) is the most common reported tick-borne infection in Europe, and involves transmission of Borrelia by ticks. As long as a vaccine is not available and effective measures for controlling tick populations are insufficient, LB control is focused on preventive measures to avoid tick bites. To inform citizens about the risk of ticks, motivate them to check for tick bites, and encourage them to remove any attached tick as quickly as possible, a mobile app called 'Tekenbeet' (Dutch for 'tick bite') was developed and released. The aim of this study was to evaluate the usage and user satisfaction of the 'Tekenbeet' app and to investigate whether it affects users' knowledge, perceived severity, perceived susceptibility, self-efficacy, response efficacy, current behavior and intention to comply with preventive measures. Usage of the app was evaluated with data obtained from Google Analytics. A survey among the Dutch general adult population with two data collection periods evaluated the usage, user satisfaction and its influence on abovementioned outcomes. Data obtained from Google Analytics showed the app was downloaded almost 40,000 in the 20 months following the launch. The 'tick radar' and 'tick diary' screens were viewed most often. In addition, a total of 554 respondents completed an online survey. The mean user satisfaction score was 7.44 (on a scale of 1-10) and 90.9% of respondents would recommend the app to others. On average, survey respondents who downloaded the app (n = 243) recorded significantly more often higher knowledge scores (OR 3.37; 95% CI 2.02-5.09) and had a higher intention to comply with preventive measures (OR 2.47; 95% CI 1.22-5.85) compared to respondents who did not download the app (n = 311). The 'Tekenbeet' app is a frequently used and well-appreciated educational tool to increase public knowledge of ticks and tick bites. It also helps to improve the user's intention to apply preventive measures. The use of smartphones and apps is now commonplace in the Netherlands; the 'Tekenbeet' app feeds into this trend and thereby offers a modern day alternative to established formats such as an information leaflet and information provision on the Internet.

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Unknown 115 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 22 19%
Researcher 15 13%
Student > Ph. D. Student 12 10%
Student > Master 10 9%
Student > Postgraduate 6 5%
Other 29 25%
Unknown 21 18%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 13 11%
Nursing and Health Professions 9 8%
Computer Science 8 7%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 7 6%
Psychology 7 6%
Other 36 31%
Unknown 35 30%
Attention Score in Context

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 30. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 22 August 2019.
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#1,275,453
of 24,758,493 outputs
Outputs from BMC Infectious Diseases
#302
of 8,308 outputs
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#29,114
of 450,319 outputs
Outputs of similar age from BMC Infectious Diseases
#7
of 155 outputs
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