Effects of mhealth applications on military personnel’s physical and mental health : A systematic review

This systematic review examined the effects of mobile health (mHealth) apps on the physical and mental health outcomes of military personnel. Fourteen studies (10 RCTs, 4 non-RCTs) published between 2000 and 2022 were included.


While app-based interventions did not significantly improve clinical outcomes like HbA1c and blood pressure, they showed a statistically significant reduction in symptom severity of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder symptoms (PTSD), depression, and insomnia. Patients expressed satisfaction with the apps, though statistical significance was not reported. In addition to alleviating mental health symptoms, mHealth apps appear widely accepted by military personnel. Development and implementation of evidence-based mental health apps by healthcare professionals are recommended.

Mehrdad Farzandipour, Reihane Sharif & Shima Anvari | 2024
In: Military Psychology ; ISSN: 1532-7876 | march
Online ahead of print
Depressive Symptoms, Effects, Insomnia, Interventions, Mental health, Military Personnel, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Psychotrauma, PTSD (en), Systematic Review, Telemedicine