The effectiveness of mHealth interventions for maternal, newborn and child health in low- and middle-income countries: protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis. [Protocol]
Nurmatov, Ulugbek B.
Lee, Siew Hwa
Nwaru, Bright I.
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NURMATOV, U.B., LEE, S.H., NWARU, B.I., MUKHERJEE, M., GRANT, L. and PAGLIARI, C. 2014. The effectiveness of mHealth interventions for maternal, newborn and child health in low- and middle-income countries: protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis. [Protocol]. Journal of global health [online], 4(1), article number 010407. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.7189/jogh.04.010407
Rates of maternal, newborn and child (MNCH) mortality and morbidity are vastly greater in low– than in high–income countries and represent a major source of global health inequity. A host of systemic, economic, geopolitical and sociocultural factors have been implicated. Mobile information and communication technologies hold potential to ameliorate several of these challenges by supporting coordinated and evidence–based care, facilitating community based health services and enabling citizens to access health information and support. mHealth has attracted considerable attention as a means of supporting maternal, newborn and child health in developing countries and research to assess the impacts of mHealth interventions is increasing. While a number of expert reviews have attempted to summarise this literature, there remains a need for a fully systematic review employing gold standard methods of evidence capture, critical appraisal and meta–analysis, in order to comprehensively map, quality assess and synthesise this body of knowledge.