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Assessing the Acceptability and Effectiveness of Mobile-Based Physical Activity Interventions for Midlife Women During Menopause: Systematic Review of the Literature

AlSwayied, G, Guo, H, Rookes, T, Frost, R and Hamilton, FL (2022) Assessing the Acceptability and Effectiveness of Mobile-Based Physical Activity Interventions for Midlife Women During Menopause: Systematic Review of the Literature. JMIR mHealth and uHealth, 10 (12). ISSN 2291-5222

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Background: Midlife women with menopausal symptoms are less likely to meet the recommended level of physical activity (PA). Promoting PA among women in midlife could reduce their risk of cardiovascular diseases and perhaps improve menopausal symptoms. Mobile PA interventions in the form of smartphone apps and wearable activity trackers can potentially encourage users to increase PA levels and address time and resource barriers to PA. However, evidence on the acceptability and effectiveness of these interventions among midlife women is unclear. Objective: This systematic review evaluated the effectiveness, acceptability, and active behavior change techniques (BCTs) of mobile PA technologies among midlife menopausal women. Methods: A mixed methods systematic review of qualitative and quantitative studies was conducted. MEDLINE (Ovid), Embase, Scopus, CINAHL, Web of Science, SPORTDiscus, CENTRAL, PsycINFO, and the ProQuest Sports Medicine and Education Index were systematically searched. Studies were selected and screened according to predetermined eligibility criteria. In total, 2 reviewers independently assessed the risk of bias using the Mixed Methods Appraisal Tool and completed BCT mapping of the included interventions using the BCT Taxonomy v1. Results: A total of 12 studies were included in this review. Overall risk of bias was “Moderate to high” in 58% (7/12) of the included studies and “low” in 42% (5/12) of the studies. Of the 12 studies, 7 (58%) assessed changes in PA levels. The pooled effect size of 2 randomized controlled trials resulted in a small to moderate increase in moderate to vigorous PA of approximately 61.36 weekly minutes among midlife women, at least in the short term (95% CI 17.70-105.01; P=.006). Although a meta-analysis was not feasible because of heterogeneity, positive improvements were also found in a range of menopause-related outcomes such as weight reduction, anxiety management, sleep quality, and menopause-related quality of life. Midlife women perceived mobile PA interventions to be acceptable and potentially helpful in increasing PA and daily steps. The average number of BCTs per mobile PA intervention was 8.8 (range 4-13) according to the BCT Taxonomy v1. “Self-monitoring of behaviour,” “Biofeedback,” and “Goal setting (behaviour)” were the most frequently described BCTs across the included interventions. Conclusions: This review demonstrated that mobile PA interventions in the form of smartphone apps and wearable trackers are potentially effective for small to moderate increases in moderate to vigorous PA among midlife women with menopausal symptoms. Although menopause is a natural condition affecting half the population worldwide, there is a substantial lack of evidence to support the acceptability and effectiveness of mobile PA interventions on menopause-related outcomes, which needs further investigation. Trial Registration: PROSPERO CRD42021273062; https://www.crd.york.ac.uk/prospero/display_record.php?RecordID=273062

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Humans; Exercise; Behavior Therapy; Quality of Life; Female; Mobile Applications; Fitness Trackers; acceptability; activity tracker; behavior change; effectiveness; exercise; mHealth; menopausal symptoms; menopause; meta-analysis; midlife women; mobile app; mobile health; mobile phone; physical activity; review; smartphone; smartphone apps; wearable; women’s health; Humans; Female; Quality of Life; Exercise; Mobile Applications; Fitness Trackers; Behavior Therapy; 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Nursing & Allied Health
Publisher: JMIR Publications Inc.
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2023 14:22
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2023 14:30
DOI or ID number: 10.2196/40271
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/22028
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