About this Research Topic
Mobile Health (mHealth) is a subcategory of electronic health (eHealth) specifically delivered on mobile technologies (e.g., mobile/smart phones; tablets) designed to provide interactive programs and interventions. mHealth is a powerful tool for behavior change as it can be adapted to meet the needs of end users leveraging access to existing technology. It has been used to provide services and deliver interventions across disease statuses, among diverse populations, and throughout settings globally.
Adolescents rate mHealth approaches as highly acceptable as these approaches capitalize on a familiar medium and mode of communication, offer privacy for sensitive topics, and increase autonomy. Adolescents and young adults are attuned to mobile phone use with 95% of American adolescents reporting owning a smart phone in 2018 and smart phone use reaching on average 67% penetration globally among adolescents. Adolescents are considered digital natives and are comfortable connecting through mobile devices.
mHealth interventions offer many advantages over in-person delivery of interventions; mHealth leverages existing technology, is flexible, cost effective, and can be uniquely tailored per user. Given the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic on in-person adolescent programs, services and interventions, it is imperative to highlight promising strategies to promote sexual and reproductive health and wellbeing among adolescents, to that end we propose a research topic focused on mHealth Interventions for improving sexual and reproductive health among Adolescents.
Of particular interest to this research topic are:
- mHealth interventions for adolescents in low/middle income countries (LMIC)
- Adaptation of in-person interventions to mobile format
- mHealth intervention design and usability testing
- Systematic reviews of mHealth and adolescent health conditions (preference for focus on reproductive and sexual health)
- Adolescent acceptability of mHealth interventions/programs
- Adapting services/programs for adolescents using mHealth during COVID-19 pandemic
We welcome contributions in the following formats:
- Original research;
- Systematic reviews
Keywords: Adolescent Health, mHealth, Mobile Health, Telemedicine, eHealth
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