Reflection on mobile applications for blood pressure management: A systematic review on potential effects and initiatives

Mohammadi, R. and Ayatolahi Tafti, M. and Hoveidamanesh, S. and Ghanavati, R. and Pournik, O. (2018) Reflection on mobile applications for blood pressure management: A systematic review on potential effects and initiatives. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 247. pp. 306-310.

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Introduction: Ischemic heart disease and stroke have been considered as the first global leading cause of death in last decades 1. Blood pressure (BP) management is one of the easiest ways suggested for preventing and controlling cardiovascular diseases before the patient develops complications and death-following outcomes. Appearance of technology advancements in the health system has motivated researchers and health providers to study its different aspects and applications in order to improve disease prevention and management. Following these efforts, mobile health (mHealth) technologies were presented to provide people with fast and easier- to- use services. Although there are some unsolved challenges, these technologies have become popular among many people. As an important part of mHealth, mobile applications (apps) have been the focused subject of many studies in the last decade. The objective of this systematic review is to assess the potential effects of mobile apps designed for BP management by scrutinizing the related studies. Materials and Methods: Search methods: We searched the following electronic databases in December 2016: Medline (PubMed), National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), PsycINFO, Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), Education Resources Information Center(ERIC), Web of Science, ProQuest, and Google Scholar. No language restriction and start point limitation were imposed. Selection criteria: We included studies that evaluated and assessed mobile apps for BP management and related clinical trials that considered mobile app as the only difference between intervention and control groups. Data collection and analysis: Two review authors applied the eligibility criteria, extracted data and assessed the quality of included studies. Results: Literature search resulted in 13 included studies and 27 reviews. 12 records of 13 included studies identified as interventional studies. The review showed that the mobile apps may improve individual's BP condition and medication adherence. Conclusion: Most of the studies had emphasized positive effects of mobile apps in BP management. However, there is a necessity for performing further investigations due to the identified issues in this study such as low number of participants and limited intervention period in randomized controlled trials, and interventions limited to only hypertensive or high-risked individual. © 2018 European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI) and IOS Press.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: blood pressure monitor; human; hypertension; medication compliance; mobile application; mobile phone; randomized controlled trial (topic); telemedicine, Blood Pressure Monitors; Cell Phone; Humans; Hypertension; Medication Adherence; Mobile Applications; Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic; Telemedicine
Subjects: WG Cardiovascular System
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Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2018 12:47
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