Published on in Vol 21, No 3 (2019): March

Preprints (earlier versions) of this paper are available at https://preprints.jmir.org/preprint/12053, first published .
Can Smartphone Apps Increase Physical Activity? Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Can Smartphone Apps Increase Physical Activity? Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Can Smartphone Apps Increase Physical Activity? Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Journals

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