Kurbo was recently recognized in a comprehensive study of hundreds of mobile health apps, Mobile Apps for Weight Management: A Scoping Review, published on the NIH affiliated Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR). The study was focused on three primary factors for evaluating weight-loss apps: inclusion of evidence-based strategies, health-care expert involvement, and evidence of scientific testing.
Out of the remaining 393 apps that were included in the final analysis, Kurbo was specifically identified as an evidence-based, comprehensive behavioral modification mobile app and program:
- “only 0.3% of apps (1/393), Kurbo Health, stated the involvement of a regulated health care professional in the app’s development. This app reported involving a medical advisory board consisting of pediatricians, psychologists, and psychiatrists.”
- “Kurbo Health possessed (all) 8 strategies including self-monitoring, goal-setting, physical activity support, healthy eating support, social support, gamification, and personalized feedback delivered via a health coach.”
According to the review, two of the strategies implemented within Kurbo are considered especially integral for experiencing success: “goal-setting and self-monitoring are the key strategies derived from self-regulatory theory to enhance self-efficacy and significantly predict weight loss and behavior change success.” Most current mobile health apps lack these important features and don’t possess the functional capabilities to deliver a level of interaction and communication of the required complexity for successful weight loss. The full review is available here.