Use of mhealth technology for patient-reported outcomes in community-dwelling adults with acquired brain injuries: A scoping review

Shannon B. Juengst, Lauren Terhorst, Andrew Nabasny, Tracey Wallace, Jennifer A. Weaver, Candice L. Osborne, Suzanne Perea Burns, Brittany Wright, Pey Shan Wen, Chung Lin Kew, John Morris

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The purpose of our scoping review was to describe the current use of mHealth technology for long-term assessment of patient-reported outcomes in community-dwelling individuals with acquired brain injury (ABI). Following PRISMA guidelines, we conducted a scoping review of literature meeting these criteria: (1) civilians or military veterans, all ages; (2) self-reported or care-giver-reported outcomes assessed via mobile device in the community (not exclusively clinic/hospital); (3) published in English; (4) published in 2015–2019. We searched Ovid MEDLINE(R) < 1946 to 16 August 2019, MEDLINE InProcess, EPub, Embase, and PsycINFO databases for articles. Thirteen manuscripts representing 12 distinct studies were organized by type of ABI [traumatic brain injury (TBI) and stroke] to extract outcomes, mHealth technology used, design, and inclusion of ecological momentary assessment (EMA). Outcomes included post-concussive, depressive, and affective symptoms, fatigue, daily activities, stroke risk factors, and cognitive exertion. Overall, collecting patient-reported outcomes via mHealth was feasible and acceptable in the chronic ABI population. Studies consistently showed advantage for using EMA despite variability in EMA timing/schedules. To ensure best clinical measurement, research on post-ABI outcomes should con-sider EMA designs (versus single time-point assessments) that provide the best timing schedules for their respective aims and outcomes and that leverage mHealth for data collection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2173
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalInternational journal of environmental research and public health
Issue number4
StatePublished - Feb 2 2021


  • Brain injury
  • MHealth
  • Measurement
  • Patient-reported outcomes
  • Rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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