JMIR mHealth and uHealth

Editor-in-Chief:

Lorraine R. Buis, PhD, MSI, Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Michigan, USA


Impact Factor 4.31

JMIR mHealth and uHealth (JMU, ISSN 2291-5222) is a leading peer-reviewed journal and one of the flagship journals of JMIR Publications. JMIR mHealth and uHealth is indexed in PubMed, PubMed Central, MEDLINE and Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE), and in June 2020 received an Impact Factor of 4.31.

The journal focuses on health and biomedical applications in mobile and tablet computing, pervasive and ubiquitous computing, wearable computing and domotics. JMIR mHealth and uHealth publishes even faster and has a broader scope with including papers which are more technical or more formative than what would be published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. JMIR mHealth and uHealth journal features a rapid and thorough peer-review process, professional copyediting, professional production of PDF, XHTML, and XML proofs. JMIR mHealth and uHealth adheres to the same quality standards as JMIR and all articles published here are also cross-listed in the Table of Contents of JMIR, the worlds' leading medical journal in health sciences / health services research and health informatics (http://www.jmir.org/issue/current).

We are looking for papers covering for example the following themes:

  • Ubiquitous Health (uHealth)
  • mHealth for Data Collection and Research
  • Usability and user perceptions of mHealth
  • mHealth in the Developing World and for Global Health
  • mHealth in a Clinical Setting
  • mHealth for Symptom and Disease Monitoring
  • mHealth for Wellness, Behavior Change and Prevention
  • mHealth for Screening
  • Text-messaging (SMS)-Based Interventions
  • Design and Formative Evaluation of Mobile Apps
  • Security and Privacy of mHealth and uHealth
  • Quality Evaluation and Descriptive Analysis of Multiple Existing Mobile Apps
  • mHealth for Treatment Adherence
  • Use and User Demographics of mHealth
  • mHealth for Telemedicine and Homecare
  • mHealth for Patient Education
  • mHealth in Medical Education and Training
  • Evaluation and Research Methodology for mHealth
  • Wearable Devices and Sensors
  • Fitness Trackers and Smart Pedometers/Accelerometers
  • Google Glass and Augmented Reality Applications
  • Product Reviews and Tutorials in mHealth

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mHealth for Wellness, Behavior Change and Prevention

Excessive gestational weight gain (GWG) is common and associated with negative health outcomes for both mother and child. Mobile health–delivered lifestyle interventions offer the potential to mitigate excessive GWG. The effectiveness of a smartphone app (HealthyMoms) was recently evaluated in a randomized controlled trial. To explore the users’ experiences of using the app, a qualitative study within the HealthyMoms trial was performed.

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mHealth for Data Collection and Research

This study presents a new approach to measure and analyze the walking balance of humans by collecting motion sensor data in a smartphone.

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Design and Formative Evaluation of Mobile Apps

The COVID-19 pandemic necessitated “going remote” with the delivery, support, and assessment of a study intervention targeting older adults enrolled in a clinical trial. While remotely delivering and assessing technology is not new, there are few methods available in the literature that are proven to be effective with diverse populations, and none for older adults specifically. Older adults comprise a diverse population, including in terms of their experience with and access to technology, making this a challenging endeavor.

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mHealth for Symptom and Disease Monitoring, Chronic Disease Management

Chronic pain imposes a large burden on individuals and society. A patient-centric digital chronic pain management app called Manage My Pain (MMP) can be used to enhance communication between providers and patients and promote self-management.

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Quality Evaluation and Descriptive Analysis/Reviews of Multiple Existing Mobile Apps

As the use of smartphones increases globally across various fields of research and technology, significant contributions to the sectors related to health, specifically foot health, can be observed. Numerous smartphone apps are now being used for providing accurate information about various foot-related properties. Corresponding to this abundance of foot scanning and measuring apps available in app stores, there is a need for evaluating these apps, as limited information regarding their evidence-based quality is available.

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Text-messaging (SMS, WeChat etc)-Based Interventions

Low back pain (LBP) is a frequent reason for emergency department (ED) presentations, with a global prevalence of 4.4%. Despite being common, the number of clinical trials investigating LBP in the ED is low. Recruitment of patients in EDs can be challenging because of the fast-paced and demanding ED environment.

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Prescribable Digital Interventions (#RxApps)

Mobile health (mHealth) apps are a potential means of empowering patients, especially in the case of multimorbidity, which complicates patients’ care needs. Previous studies have shown that general practitioners (GPs) have both expectations and concerns regarding patients’ use of mHealth apps that could impact their willingness to recommend the apps to patients.

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Reviews

Approximately 50% of cardiovascular disease (CVD) cases are attributable to lifestyle risk factors. Despite widespread education, personal knowledge, and efficacy, many individuals fail to adequately modify these risk factors, even after a cardiovascular event. Digital technology interventions have been suggested as a viable equivalent and potential alternative to conventional cardiac rehabilitation care centers. However, little is known about the clinical effectiveness of these technologies in bringing about behavioral changes in patients with CVD at an individual level.

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mHealth for Symptom and Disease Monitoring, Chronic Disease Management

Over the years, the internet has enabled considerable progress in the management of chronic diseases, especially hypertension and diabetes. It also provides novel opportunities in online anticoagulation management. Nevertheless, there is insufficient evidence regarding the effectiveness of online anticoagulation management.

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Theme Issue 2020-2021: Apps for COVID-19 (#Apps4Covid)

Mobile phone apps have been leveraged to combat the spread of COVID-19. However, little is known about these technologies’ characteristics, technical features, and various applications in health care when responding to this public health crisis. The lack of understanding has led developers and governments to make poor choices about apps’ designs, which resulted in creating less useful apps that are overall less appealing to consumers due to their technical flaws.

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mHealth for Symptom and Disease Monitoring, Chronic Disease Management

There has been a significant increase in the trend of using social media as a platform to deliver weight management interventions. This illustrates a need to develop a holistic understanding of doctor-patient communication and peer-to-peer communication in social media interventions and to determine their influences on weight management for people with overweight or obesity. Such studies will highlight how social media can be more effectively integrated into weight management programs to enhance individuals’ short-term and long-term weight management behaviors.

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mHealth for Symptom and Disease Monitoring, Chronic Disease Management

There has been a significant increase in the trend of using social media as a platform to deliver weight management interventions. This illustrates a need to develop a holistic understanding of doctor-patient communication and peer-to-peer communication in social media interventions and to determine their influences on weight management for people with overweight or obesity. Such studies will highlight how social media can be more effectively integrated into weight management programs to enhance individuals’ short-term and long-term weight management behaviors.

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