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October 2021 - Volume 19 - Issue 10

  • Edoardo Aromataris, PhD
  • 2689-8381
  • Monthly

We are thrilled to present the new issue of JBI Evidence Synthesis, which coincides with World Evidence-Based Healthcare Day on October 20th, 2021. This year's World EBHC Day campaign focuses on the role of evidence in an infodemic. We invite you to visit the campaign website​ to learn how to get involved and explore the available resources. JBI Evidence Synthesis is proud to be an official World EBHC Day Evidence Ambassador as a publisher of high-quality research conducted using the best available evidence.

This issue of JBI Evidence Synthesis includes a variety of systematic and scoping reviews related to eHealth and technology across a range of settings. Our introductory editorial explores the challenge of accessing trustworthy, evidence-based information in a time of half-truths and disinformation. How can we can use social media and other forms of technology to counter the current infodemic?  

One scoping review and one systematic review each focus on the use of technology in the clinical setting. The authors of the scoping review "Health technologies for the prevention and detection of falls in adult hospital inpatients" provide further insight into their extensive mapping of available technologies in an accompanying editorial: "SMART technologies: the challenges and potential for addressing falls." 

In the systematic review, the authors assess the "Effectiveness of telemonitoring on self-care bahaviors among community-dwelling adults with heart failure." We are pleased to present a JBI Best Practice Information Sheet to accompany this review. This brief four-page summary features the important details, including the findings and conclusions of the review, as well as the recommendations for practice. JBI Best Practice Information Sheets are available in the JBI Evidence-based Practice Database​ and are prepared for a selection of systematic reviews published in JBI Evidence Synthesis.​

Two other scoping reviews in this issue map the literature on "Assistive technologies that support social interaction in long-term care homes" and "eHealth interventions to facilitate work participation." This issue also includes several exciting upcoming projects involving SMART technology and mobile health applications.

Finally, we are also excited to introduce a new feature on our website. The JBI communications team has created two short, impactful video summaries of this issue's editorials. You can find them on the right-hand side of the homepage. More JBI Evidence Synthesis video content is available on our YouTube channel.

Please read our full table of contents, and we hope that you join us in celebrating World EBHC Day on October 20th!

Mara Lambert, BA​
Managing Editor

KC.PNGOur featured review for this issue is Health technologies for the prevention and detection of falls in adult hospital inpatients: a scoping review.

Lead author of this review, Dr Kay Cooper, has also written an editorial on the topic of the review: SMART technologies: the challenges and potential for addressing falls. 

You can read an interview with Dr Cooper here​.

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Effectiveness and usability of mobile health applications for medication adherence in patients with heart failure: a systematic review protocol

de Barros, Kátia Adriana Alves Leite; Martins, Maria Auxiliadora Parreiras; Praxedes, Marcus Fernando da Silva; More

JBI Evidence Synthesis. 19(10):2777-2782, October 2021.