What mHealth apps are nurses using to assist them in the management of chronic wounds?
How are these apps being evaluated?
The review will include studies involving nurses of all grades in all clinical settings who are involved in the care and management of chronic wounds.
The review will consider studies that explore mHealth apps used by nurses in the management of chronic wounds as described in the introduction. For this review, we are using the Global Observatory for eHealth (GOe)6,p.6) definition of mHealth, which includes “medical and public health practice supported by mobile devices, such as mobile phones, patient monitoring devices, personal digital assistants (PDAs), and other wireless devices”. Mobile health applications, ‘apps’, are understood as “software that are incorporated into smartphones to improve health outcome, health research, and health care services”.26,p383 We will extend this definition to include apps used on all wireless devices. This review will not include apps used on laptop or desktop computers. Literature where it is not clear if mHealth devices are being used will not be included.
N/A - although review will consider all studies and reports that focus on qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods data looking at nurses’ use of mHealth apps in the management of chronic wounds. Text and opinion papers will also be considered for inclusion.
The context will be primary care, hospital and community settings, which include general practice, nurse-led clinics, public health services, nursing and care homes and all hospital settings. There will not be a limit on the clinical setting as wound management is an issue of importance in primary care, hospital and community settings. In addition, there will be no limit on the geographical setting of the research.