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The mHealth Monitor blog is an open, collaborative space for experts and practitioners in the field of mHealth to share ideas. The foundational posts will feature thinking that originated at a workshop in December 2015, when the National Cancer Institute (NCI) convened a group of 20 thought leaders in the field of mHealth, smoking cessation, and evaluation. The primary objective of this meeting was to find ways to explore key scientific methods that allow for evaluation of smart design efforts to help people quit smoking, while keeping pace with technology. While the first set of posts will focus on evaluation, our goal is to amplify the conversation within the larger mHealth community, with the aim of improving how mHealth interventions are designed, delivered, and evaluated to effectively carry out health behavior change.

If you are reading this, you are probably interested in these topics and that likely means you have something relevant to share. We invite you to add your comments and consider posting on a topic that is of interest to you. We hope this will be a lively space for people to toss out ideas, share opinions, respectfully debate one another, and collectively move the thinking forward on how to build well designed, effective mHealth interventions.

Posted on: Wed, 10/05/2016 - 12:59
Mother’s Day is about celebrating the (mostly) joys of motherhood, and maybe taking some time to pamper yourself or be pampered by your family. The Smokefree Women Facebook page often receives stories from real women who quit about spending time with their children. We thought that highlighting these stories about the joys and benefits of being a smokefree mom would be an uplifting, heartwarming way to celebrate Mother’s Day with SFGI. 
 
Moms have...
Posted on: Thu, 06/23/2016 - 12:24

On December 3, 2015, the National Cancer Institute’s Smokefree.gov team convened a group of 18 behavioral scientists for a day-long meeting to discuss scientific methods for evaluating technology-mediated behavior change interventions, with an emphasis on mobile smoking cessation interventions.

Part of the day was spent answering a series of questions about the current state of evaluation in mHealth research, as well as predictions about and pathways to a future state. This blog post...