The WHO mHealth Technical Evidence Review Group (mTERG) has released an mHealth research checklist to improve the reporting of mHealth interventions, with the aim to standardise and improve the quality of mHealth evidence reporting.

The WHO mTERG created the mHealth Evidence Reporting and Assessment (mERA) checklist with support from the Johns Hopkins University Global mHealth Initiative, the School of Global Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill and the School of Nursing at UCSF.

The checklist aims to identify a minimum set of information needed to define what the mHealth intervention is (content), where it is being implemented (context), and how it was implemented (technical features), to support replication of the intervention.

“The mERA checklist was borne from the recognition of a lack of adequate, systematic and useful reporting of mHealth interventions and associated research studies,” said WHO officials. “The tool was developed to promote clarity and completeness in reporting of research involving the use of mobile tools in healthcare, irrespective of the format or channel of such reporting.”

The 16-item mHealth research checklist, which was published in the British Medical Journal, covers areas including: Management of stock-outs of essential maternal and child health drugs; level of health adherence; level of health data security; description of health technology; usability testing and more.

The WHO mTERG will also lead the development of guidance and best practices related to the use of mHealth innovations for health systems strengthening, aimed at decision-makers and implementers.

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