Detecting technical factors that influence compliance to non-pharmacological treatment using mHealth technology in children with chronic pulmonary disease: a scoping review protocol


  • Vaia Sapouna Department of Physiotherapy, Clinical Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation Research Laboratory, University of Thessaly, Greece
  • Zacharias Dimitriadis Department of Physiotherapy, Health Assessment and Quality of Life Laboratory, University of Thessaly, Greece
  • Konstantinos Douros Department of Pediatrics, Pediatric Allergy and Pulmonology Unit, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
  • Eleni Kapreli Department of Physiotherapy, Clinical Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation Research Laboratory, University of Thessaly, Greece
  • Eleni Kortianou Department of Physiotherapy, Clinical Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation Research Laboratory, University of Thessaly, Greece



Adherence, Chronic pulmonary disease, mHealth, Non-pharmacological treatment, Pediatrics, Technology


Background: Optimal adherence to pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment in pediatric pulmonary diseases is crucial to address the increased morbidity levels. The purpose of this scoping review was to investigate the level of evidence about technical factors that facilitate adherence to non-pharmacological treatment with the use of mobile health (mHealth) in children with chronic respiratory diseases.

Methods: The methodological framework for scoping review recommended by Arksey and O’Malley’s and Levac will be followed for conducting the present one. The preferred reporting items for systematic reviews and meta-analyses for scoping reviews (PRISMA-ScR) guidelines will be used. Methodological quality will be assessed using the critical appraisal skills programme (CASP) checklist and the mixed methods appraisal tool (MMAT). Five databases will be searched: Medline (via Ovid), PubMed, Scopus, CINAHL (EBSCOhost) and Cochrane Library. Two independent reviewers will screen titles and abstracts for assessment against the eligibility criteria. Any disagreements will be resolved through discussion and consensus among other authors. Data will be extracted and presented in a narrative summary.

Conclusions: This scoping review does not require ethics approval as it only includes information from previously published studies. The results will be disseminated through a peer-review publication, conference presentations and/or as part of stakeholder meetings with physiotherapists, clinicians, academicians, technicians and researchers.

Trial Registration: NA.

Author Biography

Vaia Sapouna, Department of Physiotherapy, Clinical Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation Research Laboratory, University of Thessaly, Greece

PhD Candidate, Department of Physiotherapy, Clinical Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation Laboratory, University of Thessaly, Greece


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