Digital Health Interventions to Enhance Prevention in Primary Care: Scoping Review

Van C Willis, PhD; Kelly Jean Thomas Craig, PhD; Yalda Jabbarpour, MD; Elisabeth L Scheufele, MS, MD; Yull E Arriaga, MD; Monica Ajinkya MD; Kyu B Rhee, MPP, MD; Andrew Bazemore, MPH, MD

Disease prevention is a central aspect of primary care practice and is comprised of primary (eg, vaccinations), secondary (eg, screenings), tertiary (eg, chronic condition monitoring), and quaternary (eg, prevention of overmedicalization) levels. Despite rapid digital transformation of primary care practices, digital health interventions (DHIs) in preventive care have yet to be systematically evaluated.

A scoping review to identify literature published from 2014 to 2020 was conducted across multiple databases using keywords and Medical Subject Headings terms covering primary care professionals, prevention and care management, and digital health. A subgroup analysis identified relevant studies conducted in US primary care settings, excluding DHIs that use the electronic health record (EHR) as a retrospective data capture tool. Technology descriptions, outcomes (eg, health care performance and implementation science), and study quality as per Oxford levels of evidence were abstracted.

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