Use of tracking technology to examine life-space mobility among people with depression: A systematic review protocol

Man Hon Chung, Sau Fong Leung, Maritta Välimäki

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Introduction: People with depression often experience disabilities that limit their social and physical capacity, daily function, and quality of life. Depressive symptoms and their implications on daily activities are often measured retrospectively using subjective measurement tools. Recently, more objective and accurate electronic data collection methods have been used to describe the daily life of people with depressive disorders. The results, however, have not yet been systematically reviewed. We aim to provide a knowledge basis for the use of tracking technologies in examining life-space mobility among adults with depression and those with anxiety as a comorbidity. Methods and analysis: A systematic review with a narrative approach for different types of study design will be conducted. The following databases will be used to gather data from 1994 to the present: MEDLINE, Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature, PsycINFO, Embase, Cochrane Library, Scopus, Web of Science, Health Technology Assessment Database and IEEE Xplore. The study selection will follow the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Protocols. Methodological appraisal of studies will be performed using the Crowe Critical Appraisal Tool as well as the Cochrane Risk-of-Bias Tool for randomised controlled trials. A narrative synthesis of all included studies will be conducted. Ethics and dissemination: Because there will be no human involvement in the actual systematic review, no ethical approval will be required. The results will be disseminated in a peer-reviewed journal and in a conference presentation. PROSPERO registration number CRD42019127102.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere034208
JournalBMJ Open
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jan 2020


  • anxiety
  • depression
  • life space
  • mobility
  • tracking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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