Addressing preconception behaviour change through mobile phone apps: a protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis.


Sydney Medical School, Charles Perkins Centre, The University of Sydney, The Hub, Level 2, John Hopkins Drive, Camperdown, NSW, 2006, Australia. [Email]


Many of the adverse outcomes experienced by mothers and babies are directly related to the health of the woman prior to pregnancy. This preconception period is a unique window of opportunity when women are often more motivated to optimise health and change their lifestyle in preparation for pregnancy. Several risk factors in the preconception period can contribute to adverse perinatal outcomes. These risk factors can be divided into three broad areas: biomedical, social and environmental. Mobile phone applications as a behaviour change intervention have the potential to address these risks through supporting the provision of information, healthier lifestyles and informed decision-making. The aim of this systematic review is to assess the effectiveness of mobile phone applications in promoting behaviour change and improving long-term outcomes for mother and babies, in women of reproductive age.


Apps,Behaviour change,Infant,Maternal,Mobile,Perinatal,Preconception,Prenatal care,Reproductive age,Reproductive health,

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