The Use of Mobile Phones for the Prevention and Control of Arboviral Diseases: A Scoping Review
Maria Angelica Carrillo, Axel Kroeger, Rocio Cardenas Sanchez, Sonia Diaz Monsalve, Silvia Runge Ranzinger
Background: The rapid expansion of dengue, Zika and chikungunya with large scale outbreaks are an increasing public health concern in many countries. Additionally, the recent coronavirus pandemic urged the need to get connected for fast information transfer and exchange. As response, health programmes have -among other interventions- incorporated digital tools such as mobile phones for supporting the control and prevention of infectious diseases. However, little is known about the benefits of
... bile phone technology in terms of input, process and outcome dimensions. The purpose of this scoping review is to analyse the evidence of the use of mobile phones as an intervention tool regarding the performance, acceptance, usability, feasibility, cost and effectiveness in dengue, Zika and chikungunya control programmes. Methods: We conducted a scoping review of studies and reports by systematically searching: i) electronic databases (PubMed, PLOS ONE, PLOS Neglected Tropical Disease, LILACS, WHOLIS, ScienceDirect and Google scholar), ii) grey literature, using Google web and iii) documents in the list of references of the selected papers. Selected studies were categorized using a pre-determined data extraction form. Finally, a narrative summary of the evidence related to general characteristics of available mobile health tools and outcomes was produced. Results: The systematic literature search identified 1289 records, 32 of which met the inclusion criteria. From the reference lists of included articles 4 records were identified coming to a total of 36 studies. The content analysis identified five mobile phone categories: mobile applications (n = 18), short message services (n=7), camera phone (n = 6), mobile phone tracking data (n = 4), and simple mobile communication (n = 1). These devices were used for surveillance, prevention and management. In general, mobile phone-based studies reported good performance, acceptance by users, usability in downloads as well as feasibility of mobile phone under real life conditions and effectiveness in terms of contributing to a reduction of vectors and disease. It can be concluded that there are great opportunities for using mobile phones in the fight against arboviral diseases as well as other epidemic diseases . Further studies particularly on acceptance, cost and effectiveness at scale are recommended.