Health information technology uses for primary prevention in preventive medicine: a scoping review protocol

BMJ Open. 2018 Oct 4;8(9):e023428. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-023428.


Introduction: The use of health information technologies (HITs) has been associated with positive benefits such as improved health outcomes and improved health services. Results from empirical studies reported potential benefits of HITs in preventive medicine measures such as primary prevention. This review will examine the broad range of HITs and their uses and effectiveness in primary prevention.

Methods and analysis: We will conduct searches in relevant databases (MEDLINE, EMBASE, the Cochrane Methodology Register, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, CINAHL, SCOPUS and Web of Science) using Arksey and O'Malley's scoping review methodology. The scoping review will include all study designs to identify the literature on HIT uses. Two reviewers will independently screen the literature following our screening criteria and using a data abstraction form. Findings will be summarised quantitatively (using numerical counts of HITs) and qualitatively (using narrative synthesis).

Ethics and dissemination: The study will synthesise data from published literature and will not require an ethical approval. The results of the review will be disseminated through a peer-reviewed journal.

Keywords: digital health; health information technologies; preventive medicine; public health.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Medical Informatics* / classification
  • Medical Informatics* / methods
  • Preventive Health Services* / methods
  • Primary Prevention* / methods
  • Public Health
  • Research Design
  • Systematic Reviews as Topic
  • Telemedicine* / methods