Mobile health applications for improving the sexual health outcomes among adults with chronic diseases: A systematic review

Published on 2020-02-21T13:06:13Z (GMT) by
<div>Aims<p>Chronic diseases may affect sexual health as an important factor for well-being. Mobile health (m-health) interventions have the potential to improve sexual health in patients with chronic conditions. The aim of this systematic review was to summarise the published evidence on mobile interventions for sexual health in adults with chronic diseases.</p>Methods<p>Five electronic databases were searched for English language peer-reviewed literature from 1 January 2009 to 31 December 2019. Appropriate keywords were identified based on the study’s aim. Study selection was based on the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis statement. The full texts of potential studies were reviewed, and final studies were selected. The m-health evidence reporting and assessment (mERA) checklist was used to assess the quality of the selected studies. After data extraction from the studies, data analysis was conducted.</p>Results<p>Nine studies met the inclusion criteria. All interventions were delivered through websites, and a positive effect on sexual problems was reported. Prostate and breast cancer were considered in most studies. Interventions were delivered for therapy, self-help and consultation purposes. Quality assessment of studies revealed an acceptable quality of reporting and methodological criteria in the selected studies. Replicability, security, cost assessment and conceptual adaptability were the criteria that had not been considered in any of the reviewed studies.</p>Conclusions<p>Reviewed studies showed a positive effect of mobile interventions on sexual health outcomes in chronic patients. For more effective interventions, researchers should design web-based interventions based on users’ needs and consider the m-health essential criteria provided by mERA. Additionally, mobile interventions can be more effective in combination with smartphone apps.</p></div>

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Karim, Hesam; Choobineh, Hamid; Kheradbin, Niloofar; Ravandi, Mohammad Hosseini; Naserpor, Ahmad; Safdari, Reza (2020): Mobile health applications for improving the sexual health outcomes among adults with chronic diseases: A systematic review. SAGE Journals. Collection.