Use of mobile app to monitoring growth outcome of children: A systematic literature review

Theresia Chrisanthy Kustiawan, Siti Rahayu Nadhiroh, Roziana Ramli, Chaniphun Butryee

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Abstract

Advances in knowledge and technology have created opportunities to help monitor child growth. Thus, we conducted a systematic review to determine if the use of mobile apps resulted in improved growth outcomes for children. We include articles published related to children's growth with poor nutritional status. The relevant articles were searched from PubMed, ScienceDirect, Scopus, ProQuest, and Google Scholar. Twelve studies were identified, which is the use of the mobile app to monitor growth in undernutrition and obesity in children. Six studies found that the use of mobile apps improved undernutrition child growth and improved parents’ and/or front health workers’ knowledge to prevent, treat, and monitor children with undernutrition. Six studies stated that the use of mobile app helps overweight/obese children lose weight and motivate them to achieve ideal body weight. Mobile apps for monitoring the growth of children with various standards are likely a promising means for early detection of growth failure and guiding overweight/obese children in gaining normal weight. Studies with large sample sizes and long-term interventions and follow-ups are needed to help assess the effectiveness of mobile app intervention programs and their impact on multiple growth outcomes more comprehensively and accurately.

Original languageEnglish
JournalDigital Health
Volume8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Keywords

  • Mobile app
  • children
  • growth outcome
  • obesity
  • undernutrition

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