Thursday, August 9, 2012

[EQ] Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives - mHealth supplement

Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives
mHealth Supplement

Volume 17, Supplement 1, 2012   Taylor & Francis

All articles were made available open access online until August 17, 2012 to Equity list, thanks to special permission from the Managing Editor, Journal of Health Communication - Wendy Meltzer




Measurement and Evaluation Outcomes for mHealth Communication: Don't We Have an App for That?

James M. Sherry & Scott C. Ratzan
Editor-in-Chief: Scott C. Ratzan , MD, MPA  Vice President, Global Health  Government Affairs & Policy  Johnson & Johnson

“……There are few areas in the field of health communication that have generated as many enthusiasts in such a brief time as has mHealth—the use of mobile devices to communicate health information—and with good reason. The number of cell phones (billions) and messages (trillions) around the globe is ever increasing. So too, the numbers of tech savvy health care providers and consumers seeking information ubiquitously accessible at less than an arm’s length away. With some 10% of the global economy in the information-dependent health sector, the potential for new applications would appear limitless.

The reviews and solicitations leading to this Journal of Health Communication Supplement have sought to take a snapshot of this still nascent field with respect to its measurement and evaluation outcomes. It should be no surprise that among the major themes to emerge is the compelling need for significantly more evidence of intervention efficacy. Or, that despite a paucity of “hard evidence,” early experience provides insights that will help channel investments in more productive ways even while it sheds a cautionary light on emerging mHealth myths.

Among the most pervasive mHealth myths are that:

- mHealth communication programs are relatively simple to design and operate;

- mHealth interventions are inexpensive, have high reach and are demonstrably cost-effective; and

- mHealth approaches are universally applicable.

Leaving Room for Innovation

Nonetheless, for the moment at least, the compelling potential of the mHealth field exceeds its evidence-base and evaluation shortcomings. Proof-of-concept is now well established and mHealth is no longer seen as a tool in search of a problem, or as innovation for innovation’s sake. Investors and innovators do not appear to be waiting for evaluators’ reports to make their decisions, and increased mHealth intervention development appears inevitable….”

Amira A. Roess & Neal K. Sikka

Development and Evaluation Process for mHealth Interventions: Examples From New Zealand
Robyn Whittaker, Sally Merry, Enid Dorey & Ralph Maddison

Mobile Health Evaluation Methods: The Text4baby Case Study
W. Douglas Evans, Lorien C. Abroms, Ronald Poropatich, Peter E. Nielsen & Jasmine L. Wallace

Text4baby in the United States and Russia:
An Opportunity for Understanding How mHealth Affects Maternal and Child Health
Ruth M. Parker, Elena Dmitrieva, Sergei Frolov & Julie A. Gazmararian

The Use of Mobile Phones for Acute Wound Care:
Attitudes and Opinions of Emergency Department Patients
Neal Sikka, Katrina N. Carlin, Jesse Pines, Michael Pirri, Ryan Strauss & Faisil Rahimi

Results From a Pilot Test of a Personalized, Interactive Mobile Health Smoking Cessation Program
Lorien C. Abroms, Meenakshi Ahuja, Yvonne Kodl, Lalida Thaweethai, Justin Sims, Jonathan P. Winickoff & Richard A. Windsor

Why Physicians Should Share PDA/Smartphone Findings With Their Patients:
A Brief Report
Karen Hughes Miller, Craig Ziegler, Ruth Greenberg, Pradip D. Patel & Mary B. Carter

Capitalizing on the Characteristics of mHealth to Evaluate Its Impact
Patricia Mechael, Bennett Nemser, Roxana Cosmaciuc, Heather Cole-Lewis, Seth Ohemeng-Dapaah, Schadrack Dusabe, Nadi Nina Kaonga,
Patricia Namakula, Muhadili Shemsanga, Ryan Burbach & Andrew S. Kanter

Lessons From a Community-Based mHealth Diabetes Self-Management Program:
“It's Not Just About the Cell Phone”
Richard Katz, Tsega Mesfin & Karen Barr

The Economics of eHealth and mHealth
Julian Schweitzer & Christina Synowiec

Effectiveness of mHealth Behavior Change Communication Interventions in Developing Countries:
A Systematic Review of the Literature
Tilly A. Gurman, Sara E. Rubin & Amira A. Roess

Reaching Remote Health Workers in Malawi: Baseline Assessment of a Pilot mHealth Intervention
Nancy Vollmer Lemay, Tara Sullivan, Brian Jumbe & Cary Peabody Perry

Perceived Improvement in Integrated Management of Childhood Illness Implementation through
Use of Mobile Technology: Qualitative Evidence From a Pilot Study in Tanzania
Marc Mitchell, Maya Getchell, Melania Nkaka, Daniel Msellemu, Jan Van Esch & Bethany Hedt-Gauthier

Addressing HIV Knowledge, Risk Reduction,
Social Support, and Patient Involvement Using SMS: Results of a Proof-Of-Concept Study
Jennifer D. Uhrig, Megan A. Lewis, Carla M. Bann, Jennie L. Harris, Robert D. Furberg, Curtis M. Coomes & Lisa M. Kuhns

You Have an Important Message!
Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Text Message HIV/AIDS Campaign in Northwest Uganda
Arul Chib, Holley Wilkin, Leow Xue Ling, Bas Hoefman & Hajo Van Biejma


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