Special Issue "Mobile Health"


A special issue of Journal of Personalized Medicine (ISSN 2075-4426).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Maged N. Kamel Boulos
Faculty of Health, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 8AA, UK
Website: http://www.plymouth.ac.uk/staff/mnkamelboulos
E-Mail: mnkboulos@ieee.org
Phone: +44 (0)1752 586530
Interests: medical and health informatics; including telehealthcare/eHealth; geographic informatics; 3D virtual worlds and virtual globes (mirror worlds); web 2.0; e-learning

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This special issue of JPM is dedicated to the field mHealth (mobile health) and its applications (including 'mobile apps'). Mobile health refers to using small form-factor, Internet-enabled devices, such as feature phones, smartphones, PDAs (personal digital assistants)/palmtops and tablets, in the professional practice of clinical medicine and public health. The applications also extend to supporting clinical students (undergraduates and postgraduates) in their education and CPD (continuing professional development), as well as supporting lay people (patients, carers and the wider general public) in various scenarios related to health, lifestyle management and disease, particularly long-term (chronic) conditions. We welcome manuscripts addressing this important topic of mHealth and any of its various applications and apps, including papers investigating design and user acceptance issues (for various end user groups/age groups, etc.), papers reporting the development of novel mHealth systems and services, evaluation studies, papers on mHealth in low-resource settings, etc.

Dr. Maged N. Kamel Boulos
Guest Editor


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  • mHealth
  • apps
  • smartphones
  • tablets
  • iPad
  • Internet
  • SMS

Published Papers (5 papers)

J. Pers. Med. 2014, 4(3), 412-423; doi:10.3390/jpm4030412
Received: 1 February 2014; in revised form: 19 June 2014 / Accepted: 23 June 2014 / Published: 18 July 2014
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J. Pers. Med. 2014, 4(3), 311-385; doi:10.3390/jpm4030311
Received: 17 February 2014; in revised form: 28 May 2014 / Accepted: 28 May 2014 / Published: 30 June 2014
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J. Pers. Med. 2014, 4(2), 245-281; doi:10.3390/jpm4020245
Received: 20 February 2014; in revised form: 23 April 2014 / Accepted: 6 May 2014 / Published: 4 June 2014
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J. Pers. Med. 2014, 4(2), 200-217; doi:10.3390/jpm4020200
Received: 13 January 2014; in revised form: 26 March 2014 / Accepted: 1 April 2014 / Published: 16 April 2014
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J. Pers. Med. 2014, 4(1), 88-101; doi:10.3390/jpm4010088
Received: 13 January 2014; in revised form: 28 February 2014 / Accepted: 28 February 2014 / Published: 19 March 2014
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Type of Paper: Review
Title: "Mobile Health Adoption by Healthcare Professional: An Overview of Challenges and Opportunities"
Authors: Marie-Pierre Gagnon, Patrice Ngangue
Affiliations: Université Laval, Québec, Canada
Abstract: This comprehensive literature review aims to synthesize current knowledge about the factors influencing health care professional adoption of mobile health (m-health) applications.
Methodology: Covering a period from 2000 to 2013, we conducted a systematic literature search on four electronic databases (PubMed, EMBASE, CINAHL, PsychInfo). We also consulted references from included studies. We included studies if they reported health care professionals’ perceptions regarding barriers and facilitators to m-health utilization. We included studies published in English, Spanish or French, that presented an empirical study design (either qualitative, quantitative, or mixed-methods). Two authors independently assessed study quality and performed content analysis using a validated extraction grid with pre-established categorization of barriers and facilitators
Results/Outcomes: The search strategy led to a total of 4000* potentially relevant papers, of which 50* met the inclusion criteria. Main findings will synthesize perceived factors associated to m-health adoption, at the individual, organizational and contextual levels. These results will be presented according to the types of health care professionals and settings involved.
Conclusions: This systematic review provides a set of key elements to understand the challenges and opportunities for m-health utilization by health care professionals.
*The numbers are to be confirmed as the review is ongoing

Last update: 15 October 2013

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