mHealth interventions may help boost maternal, neonatal care

Mobile healthcare interventions have potential to help women in the antenatal, birth and postnatal period, according to a recent review.

For the report, published in PLOS, researchers reviewed thousands of studies related to mHealth-related maternal and neonatal care and assessed the effect interventions had on pregnant women during 29 research efforts. They found that mHealth could have a positive impact on such care, but that more studies are needed. 

"The emerging trend of strong experimental research designs with randomized controlled trials, combined with feasibility research, government involvement and integration of mHealth interventions into the healthcare system is encouraging and can pave the way to improved decision-making on best practice implementation of mHealth interventions," the authors wrote. Study