Effectiveness of activity-monitoring devices in patients with cardiovascular disease participating in cardiac rehabilitation programs: An umbrella review protocol

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OBJECTIVE: The objective of the review is to investigate the effect of activity-monitoring devices and mobile applications on physical activity and health outcomes of patients with cardiovascular disease who are participating in cardiac rehabilitation programs. INTRODUCTION: Supporting patients with cardiovascular conditions to achieve and maintain healthy physical activity levels is the cornerstone of cardiac rehabilitation programs. The effectiveness of activity-monitoring devices and mobile applications (such as physical activity interventions) utilizing consumer-grade monitoring devices and applications to support patients to improve exercise levels during and after program completion has been investigated. Several systematic reviews evaluating the effectiveness of monitoring devices and applications have indicated varying clinical impact, depending on patient characteristics, stage of rehabilitation, and type of intervention. INCLUSION CRITERIA: This review will consider systematic reviews and/or meta-analyses of randomized controlled trials of patients who participated in cardiac rehabilitation programs that included a physical activity intervention that incorporated activity monitoring using electronic devices and/or mobile applications and reported activity and patient health outcomes. METHODS: MEDLINE, Embase, Sport Discus, the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Scopus, CINAHL, the International Network of Agencies for Health Technology Assessment database, Epistemonikos, and Web of Science will be searched from inception to the present. PROSPERO will be searched for unpublished reviews. Articles will be screened by two independent reviewers for inclusion, and methodological quality will be assessed using a JBI critical appraisal tool. Data will be extracted from systematic reviews and a data synthesis of findings will be presented. The certainty will be assessed using the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation approach. SYSTEMATIC REVIEW REGISTRATION NUMBER: PROSPERO CRD42022298877.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2806-2814
Number of pages9
JournalJBI evidence synthesis
Issue number11
Early online date11 Jul 2022
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2022


  • Activity-Monitoring
  • Devices
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • activity monitoring
  • wearables
  • systematic review
  • cardiac rehabilitation
  • physical activity


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