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Effectiveness of mHealth interventions for maternal, newborn and child health in low- and middle-income countries: systematic review and meta-analysis.

Lee, Siew Hwa; Nurmatov, Ulugbek B.; Nwaru, Bright I.; Mukherjee, Mome; Grant, Liz; Pagliari, Claudia

Authors

Siew Hwa Lee

Ulugbek B. Nurmatov

Bright I. Nwaru

Mome Mukherjee

Liz Grant

Claudia Pagliari

Abstract

The aim of this review is to assess the effectiveness of mHealth interventions for maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). The main conclusions are that most studies of mHealth for MNCH in LMIC are of poor methodological quality and few have evaluated impacts on patient outcomes. Improvements in intermediate outcomes have nevertheless been reported in many studies and there is modest evidence that interventions delivered via SMS messaging can improve infant feeding. Ambiguous descriptions of interventions and their mechanisms of impact present difficulties for interpretation and replication. Rigorous studies with potential to offer clearer evidence are underway.

Journal Article Type Review
Publication Date Jun 30, 2016
Journal Journal of global health
Electronic ISSN 2047-2986
Publisher New Publisher Required
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 6
Issue 1
Article Number 010401
Institution Citation LEE, S.H., NURMATOV, U.B., NWARU, B.I., MUKHERJEE, M., GRANT, L. and PAGLIARI, C. 2016. Effectiveness of mHealth interventions for maternal, newborn and child health in low- and middle-income countries: systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of global health [online], 6(1), article number 010401. Available from: https://doi.org/10.7189/jogh.06.010401
DOI https://doi.org/10.7189/jogh.06.010401
Keywords Child health; Developing countries; Infant health; Pregnancy; Telemedicine
Related Public URLs http://hdl.handle.net/10059/1680 ; http://hdl.handle.net/10059/1681

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