Targeting strategies of mHealth interventions for maternal health in low and middle-income countries: a systematic review protocol

Onaedo Ilozumba*, I.O. Abejirinde, M.A. Dieleman, Azucena Bardají, J.E.W. Broerse, S. van Belle

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Introduction Recently, there has been a steady increase in mobile health (mHealth) interventions aimed at improving maternal health of women in low-income and middle-income countries. While there is evidence indicating that these interventions contribute to improvements in maternal health outcomes, other studies indicate inconclusive results. This uncertainty has raised additional questions, one of which pertains to the role of targeting strategies in implementing mHealth interventions and the focus on pregnant women and health workers as target groups. This review aims to assess who is targeted in different mHealth interventions and the importance of targeting strategies in maternal mHealth interventions. Methods and analysis We will search for peer-reviewed, English-language literature published between 1999 and July 2017 in PubMed, Web of Knowledge (Science Direct, EMBASE) and Cochrane Central Registers of Controlled Trials. The study scope is defined by the Population, Intervention, Comparison and Outcomes framework: P, community members with maternal or reproductive needs; I, electronic health or mHealth programmes geared at improving maternal or reproductive health; C, other non-electronic health or mHealth-based interventions; O, maternal health measures including family planning, antenatal care attendance, health facility delivery and postnatal care attendance. Ethics and dissemination This study is a review of already published or publicly available data and needs no ethical approval. Review results will be published in a peer-reviewed journal and presented at international conferences.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere019345
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalBMJ Open
Issue number2
Early online date24 Feb 2018
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2018


  • low and middle income countries
  • maternal health
  • mobile health
  • reproductive health
  • reproductive medicine


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