Community health programs delivered through information and communications technology in high-income countries : Scoping review

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Beks, Hannah, King, Olivia, Clapham, Renee, Alston, Laura, Glenister, Kristen, McKinstry, Carol, Quilliam, Claire, Wellwood, Ian, Williams, Catherine and Shee, Anna Wong. (2022). Community health programs delivered through information and communications technology in high-income countries : Scoping review. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 24(3), p. Article e26515. https://doi.org/10.2196/26515
AuthorsBeks, Hannah, King, Olivia, Clapham, Renee, Alston, Laura, Glenister, Kristen, McKinstry, Carol, Quilliam, Claire, Wellwood, Ian, Williams, Catherine and Shee, Anna Wong
Abstract

Background:
The COVID-19 pandemic has required widespread and rapid adoption of information and communications technology (ICT) platforms by health professionals. Transitioning health programs from face-to-face to remote delivery using ICT platforms has introduced new challenges.

Objective:
The objective of this review is to scope for ICT-delivered health programs implemented within the community health setting in high-income countries and rapidly disseminate findings to health professionals.

Methods:
The Joanna Briggs Institute’s scoping review methodology guided the review of the literature.

Results:
The search retrieved 7110 unique citations. Each title and abstract was screened by at least two reviewers, resulting in 399 citations for full-text review. Of these 399 citations, 72 (18%) were included. An additional 27 citations were identified through reviewing the reference lists of the included studies, resulting in 99 citations. Citations examined 83 ICT-delivered programs from 19 high-income countries. Variations in program design, ICT platforms, research design, and outcomes were evident.

Conclusions:
Included programs and research were heterogeneous, addressing prevalent chronic diseases. Evidence was retrieved for the effectiveness of nurse and allied health ICT-delivered programs. Findings indicated that outcomes for participants receiving ICT-delivered programs, when compared with participants receiving in-person programs, were either equivalent or better. Gaps included a paucity of co-designed programs, qualitative research around group programs, programs for patients and carers, and evaluation of cost-effectiveness. During COVID-19 and beyond, health professionals in the community health setting are encouraged to build on existing knowledge and address evidence gaps by developing and evaluating innovative ICT-delivered programs in collaboration with consumers and carers.

Keywordstelemedicine; delivery of health care; pandemics; community health services; information and communications technology; mobile phone
Year2022
JournalJournal of Medical Internet Research
Journal citation24 (3), p. Article e26515
PublisherJMIR Publications Inc.
ISSN1438-8871
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.2196/26515
PubMed ID35262498
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85126077968
PubMed Central IDPMC8943572
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