Mobile health applications for postnatal care: Review and analysis of functionalities and technical features

TitreMobile health applications for postnatal care: Review and analysis of functionalities and technical features
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsSardi, L, Idri, A, Redman, LM, Alami, H, Bezad, R, Fernández-Alemán, JLuis
JournalComputer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
Mots-clésApps, Functionality, Mobile health, Postnatal care

Background Providing a continuum of care from antenatal, childbirth and postnatal period results in reduced maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality. Timely, high quality postnatal care is crucial for maximizing maternal and newborn health. In this vein, the use of postnatal mobile applications constitutes a promising strategy. Methods A Systematic Literature Review (SLR) protocol was adopted to perform the selection, data extraction and functional evaluation of the available postnatal apps on iOS and Android platforms. The analysis of the functionalities and technical features of the apps selected was performed according to a 37-items assessment questionnaire developed on the basis of the scientific literature of postnatal care and a preliminary analysis of available postnatal apps Results A total of 48 postnatal apps were retrieved from the app repositories of the iOS and Android platforms. The results of the functional content analysis show that the postnatal apps selected relatively achieved low scores owing to the complexity and the ramification of the postnatal care. Conclusions The present study helps in identifying areas related to the postnatal care that require further endeavors to be properly addressed. It also provides directions for developers to leverage the advancement and innovation on mobile technology to build complete and well-suited postnatal apps




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