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The impact of mHealth interventions on breast cancer awareness and screening: systematic review protocol
Date Submitted: May 14, 2017
Open Peer Review Period: May 14, 2017 - Jul 9, 2017
Background: Mobile health (mHealth) is the use of mobile communication technologies to promote health by supporting healthcare practices (e.g. health data collection, delivery of healthcare informatio...
Background: Mobile health (mHealth) is the use of mobile communication technologies to promote health by supporting healthcare practices (e.g. health data collection, delivery of healthcare information etc.). mHealth technologies (such as mobile phones) can be used effectively by healthcare practitioners in the distribution of health information and has the potential to improve access to and quality of healthcare, as well as reduce the cost of health services. The literature shows limited scientific evidence on the benefits of mHealth intervention for breast cancer, which is the leading cause of cancer deaths in women worldwide, contributing a large proportion of all cancer deaths, especially in developing countries. The proposed systematic review will examine the impact of mHealth interventions on breast cancer awareness and screening among women aged 18yrs and older. Objective: The objectives of this study is to identify and describe the various mHealth intervention strategies used in breast cancer and assess the impact of mHealth strategies on breast cancer awareness and screening. Methods: Using the standard methods of a systematic review, literature will be sourced from various databases. A predefined search criterion will be applied. Two authors will apply the inclusion and exclusion criteria stipulated in this protocol. Results: The results from premilitary searches indicate that there are existing peer-reviewed articles relating to the use of mHealth in Breast Cancer. Conclusions: The knowledge derived will inform healthcare stakeholders including researchers, policy makers, investors, health professionals, technologists and engineers on the impact of mHealth in breast cancer screening and awareness.