This Week in PLOS Medicine: Mobile-health; BMI in LMICs; MHTF; GMHP
Five new articles published in PLOS Medicine:
Caroline Free and colleagues systematically review a fast-moving field, that of the effectiveness of mobile technology interventions delivered to healthcare consumers, and conclude that high-quality, adequately powered trials of optimized interventions are required to evaluate effects on objective outcomes.
Caroline Free and colleagues systematically review controlled trials of mobile technology interventions to improve health care delivery processes and show that current interventions give only modest benefits and that high-quality trials measuring clinical outcomes are needed.
Using cross-sectional surveys, Fahad Razak and colleagues investigate how the BMI (body mass index) distribution is changing for women in low- and middle-income countries
In a commissioned Perspective, Wendy Graham and colleagues reflect on quality of maternal health care, the focus of Year 1 of the MHTF-PLOS Maternal Health Collection and its 18 new articles. At the Global Maternal Health Conference this week in Arusha, PLOS Medicine and the MHTF celebrate the official launch of the Year 1 Collection.
As one article in an ongoing series on Global Mental Health Practice, Mark Jordans and colleagues describe their work developing and evaluating a community-based psychosocial and mental health care package for children in five conflict-affected countries: Burundi, Indonesia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Sudan.
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