Highlighted Publications

Highlighted Publications


A Mobile Phone Intervention Increases Physical Activity in People with Cardiovascular Disease: Results from the HEART Randomised Controlled Trial

European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.2015; 22(6): 701-709. Doi:10.1177/2047487314535076


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Using a 3D Virtual Supermarket to measure food purchase behaviour: a validation study

Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) 2015; 17(4): e107


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Diabetes Text-Message Self-Management Support Program (SMS4BG): A Pilot Study

JMIR mHealth and uHealth 2015; 3(1):e32


Our team has developed a self-management support programme delivered by text messages for those with poorly controlled diabetes. The programme is based on behaviour change theory and techniques, and aims to improve motivation and self-efficacy for better control. This pilot study showed a dramatic reduction in HbA1c levels in those who provided before/after results, and overwhelmingly positive feedback from participants. A large national RCT is now underway. Read more

Is cytisine at least as good as nicotine replacement therapy: Findings from a randomised non-inferiority trial

New England Journal of Medicine 2014; 371:2353-2362. 

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Electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation and reduction

Cochrane Database Systematic Reviews 2014; DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010216.pub2


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Exercise Counselling to Enhance Smoking Cessation Outcomes: The Fit2Quit Randomised Controlled Trial

Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 2014,48(2): 194-204. DOI: 1007/s12160-114-9588-9


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Electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation: a randomised controlled trial

Lancet 2013; 382(9905): 1629-37.

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Text4baby: Development and implementation of a national text messaging health information service

American Journal of Public Health 2012; 102(12):2207-13. Doi:10.2105/AJPH.2012.300736


Dr Whittaker spent some time in the U.S. where she led this review of text4baby – a national text message health information programme for pregnant women. This review examined the first >100,000 enrollees, and described the journey of establishing possibly the largest national text messaging health programme.

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Issues in mHealth: Findings from Key Informant Interviews

Journal of Medical Internet Research 2012; 14(5): e129 (02/10/12)


While in the U.S. on a Harkness Fellowship, Dr Whittaker had the opportunity to interview key stakeholders and opinion leaders on the state of mHealth in the U.S., the barriers to broader implementation of mHealth programmes, and the likely solutions required. Read more

A development and evaluation process for mHealth interventions: examples from New Zealand

Journal of Health Communication 2012: 17; sup1 11–21

ISSN: 1081-0730 print/1087-0415 online DOI: 10.1080/10810730.2011.649103


Based on their experience, our team has described a process for the development of mHealth and text messaging-based health interventions. This stresses the importance of the involvement of the target audience from the start, a theoretical basis, and consideration of how the intervention will be rolled out and implemented.

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