FEATURESExploring Family Nurse Practitioners' Practices in Recommending mHealth Apps to PatientsMueller, Rebecca C. PhD, RN, FNP-BCAuthor Information Author Affiliation: Division of Nursing and Health Sciences, Neumann University, Aston, PA. This research was conducted as part of a doctoral dissertation from Villanova University, Villanova, PA. The author was a participant in the 2018 NLN Scholarly Writing Retreat, sponsored by the NLN Chamberlain University College of Nursing Center for the Advancement of the Science of Nursing Education. The author has disclosed that she has no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article. Corresponding author: Rebecca C. Mueller, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, Division of Nursing and Health Sciences, Neumann University, One Neumann Dr, Aston, PA 19014 (email@example.com). Online date: December 5, 2019 CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing: February 2020 - Volume 38 - Issue 2 - p 71-79 doi: 10.1097/CIN.0000000000000580 Buy Take the CE Test Metrics Abstract Patients frequently download mHealth apps, which can be used to support health promotion. It remains unclear, however, if family nurse practitioners are recommending apps to patients. This study identified family nurse practitioners' current practices of recommending apps to patients and described their use and intent to use mHealth apps for health promotion with their patients. Nearly 70% of the 303 participants surveyed recommended mHealth apps to their patients, with the most common types comprising patient portal, diet and nutrition, and fitness apps. However, the frequency with which apps were recommended was low. Participants reported that apps complement patient care, enable health promotion behaviors, are easy to use, and improve clarity of patient data. These factors facilitated their intent to recommend mHealth apps to patients. Healthcare organizational support influenced participants' intent to recommend apps, and access to trustworthy apps and electronic health records compatibility increased usage. Barriers to recommending involved patient-specific characteristics and provider concerns about reliability, privacy, and efficacy of apps. Family nurse practitioners must be supported in guiding patients to use reliable, safe, and HIPAA-compliant apps. To help engage patients, clinicians should be educated on methods to evaluate mHealth apps and how to incorporate them into patient care. Copyright © 2020 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.