HumanInsight Effectiveness of mHealth/eHealth interventions on obesity treatment: a protocol for umbrella review of meta-analyses
BMJ Open. 2022 Jun 6;12(6):e052443. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-052443.
INTRODUCTION: Mobile health (mHealth)/electronic health (eHealth) have the effect of facilitating weight loss in overweight and obese populations. However, studies have shown varied results and relatively high heterogeneity in the efficacy of mHealth/eHealth interventions. The aim of the paper was to systematically summarise published studies about the weight loss efficacy of mHealth/eHealth.
METHODS AND ANALYSIS: A comprehensive review of PubMed, Embase and Cochrane Library databases published from inception to 21 March 2021 will be conducted. The selected articles are meta-analyses that integrated the studies, which evaluated efficacy of mHealth/eHealth. Two people will select eligible articles and extract data independently. Any disputes will be resolved by discussion or the arbitration of a third person. The methodological quality of the included meta-analyses will be assessed with AMSTAR V.2 and the quality of evidence will be obtained with Grade of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE). The study selection process will be presented using a flowchart. We will reanalyse each outcome with random effect methods. If possible, we will use funnel plot and Egger's test to evaluate if publication bias existed.
ETHICS AND DISSEMINATION: Ethical approval is not required for the study, as we collected data only from available published materials. This umbrella review will also be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal for publication after completion.
PROSPERO REGISTRATION NUMBER: CRD42021247006.
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