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Investigating the implementation of SMS and mobile messaging In Population Screening (The SIPS Study): Protocol for a Delphi Study

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Title: Investigating the implementation of SMS and mobile messaging In Population Screening (The SIPS Study): Protocol for a Delphi Study
Authors: Acharya, A
Judah, G
Ashrafian, H
Sounderajah, V
Johnstone-Waddell, N
Stevenson, A
Darzi, A
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: Background The use of mobile messaging including Short Message Service (SMS) and Web-based messaging in healthcare has grown significantly. Using messaging to facilitate patient communication has been advocated in several circumstances including population screening. These programmes, however, pose unique challenges to mobile communication, as messaging is often sent from a central hub to a diverse population with differing needs. Despite this, there is a paucity of robust frameworks to guide implementation. Objective This protocol describes the methods that will be used to develop a guide for the principles of use of mobile messaging for population screening programmes in England. Methods This modified Delphi study will be conducted in two parts: evidence synthesis and consensus generation. The former will incorporate a literature review of publications from 1st January 2000 to the present. This will elicit key themes to inform an online scoping questionnaire posed to a group of experts from academia, clinical medicine, industry and public health. Thematic analysis of free-text responses by two independent authors will elicit items to be used in the consensus generation. Patient and Public Involvement groups will be convened to ensure that a comprehensive item list is generated, which represents the public’s perspective. Each item will then be anonymously voted upon by experts as to its importance and feasibility of implementation in screening, during three rounds of a Delphi process. Consensus will be defined a priori at 70%, with items considered important and feasible eligible for inclusion into the final recommendation. A list of desirable items (important, but not currently feasible) will be developed to guide future work. Results The Institutional Review Board at Imperial College London has granted ethical approval (20IC6088). Results are expected to involve a list of recommendations to screening services with findings made available to screening services through Public Health England. This study will thus provide a formal guideline for the use of mobile messaging in screening services and provide future directions in this field. Discussion The use of mobile messaging has grown significantly across healthcare services, especially given the COVID-19 pandemic, but its implementation in screening programmes remains challenging. this modified Delphi approach with leading experts, will provide invaluable insights to facilitate incorporating messaging in these programmes, and create awareness of future developments in this area.
Date of Acceptance: 21-Nov-2021
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/93118
DOI: 10.2196/32660
ISSN: 1929-0748
Publisher: JMIR Publications
Start Page: 1
End Page: 8
Journal / Book Title: JMIR Research Protocols
Volume: 10
Issue: 10
Copyright Statement: ©Amish Acharya, Gaby Judah, Hutan Ashrafian, Viknesh Sounderajah, Nick Johnstone-Waddell, Anne Stevenson, Ara Darzi. Originally published in JMIR Research Protocols (https://www.researchprotocols.org), 22.12.2021. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work, first published in JMIR Research Protocols, is properly cited. The complete bibliographic information, a link to the original publication on https://www.researchprotocols.org, as well as this copyright and license information must be included.
Keywords: SMS
digital communication
mobile messaging
population screening
1103 Clinical Sciences
1117 Public Health and Health Services
Publication Status: Published
Online Publication Date: 2021-12-22
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