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Peer Review of “Use of Smartphone Apps for Improving Physical Function Capacity in Cardiac Patient Rehabilitation: Systematic Review”

Peer Review of “Use of Smartphone Apps for Improving Physical Function Capacity in Cardiac Patient Rehabilitation: Systematic Review”

Peer Review of “Use of Smartphone Apps for Improving Physical Function Capacity in Cardiac Patient Rehabilitation: Systematic Review”

Authors of this article:

Alexis Beatty 1 Author Orcid Image

Peer-Review Report


This is a peer-review report submitted for the paper “Use of Smartphone Apps for Improving Physical Function Capacity in Cardiac Patient Rehabilitation: Systematic Review”.


General Comments

This paper [1] reviews published studies on use of smartphone apps for cardiac rehabilitation (CR). The authors reach interesting conclusions about integrating devices for monitoring physical activity and vital signs, which would be the main contribution of this paper. However, there are significant issues with the methods and a number of incorrect statements within the manuscript that are of concern.

Specific Comments

Major Comments

1. Please justify your statement in the abstract that apps reduce the cost of CR, or if unable to justify or cite a reference, remove this statement.

2. Would suggest citing newer references and original references for outcomes and rates of participation in CR: Ritchey MD, Maresh S, McNeely J, Shaffer T, Jackson SL, Keteyian SJ, Brawner CA, Whooley MA, Chang T, Stolp H, Schieb L, Wright J. Tracking cardiac rehabilitation participation and completion among Medicare beneficiaries to inform the efforts of a national initiative. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes 2020;13(1):e005902.

3. Would suggest reading and referencing the Home-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation Scientific Statement: Thomas RJ, Beatty AL, Beckie TM, Brewer LC, Brown TM, Forman DE, Franklin BA, Keteyian SJ, Kitzman DW, Regensteiner JG, Sanderson BK, Whooley MA. Home-based cardiac rehabilitation: a scientific statement from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, the American Heart Association, and the American College of Cardiology. Circ 2019;140(1):e69-e89.

4. Your search strategy appears rather limited. Would suggest including additional terms, such as mobile app, mobile phone, and digital health.

5. You should exclude studies that were not randomized per your methods (eg, Forman [2], Layton [3], Worringham [4]).

6. You should distinguish between lack of improvement with smartphone CR and lack of significant difference versus CR—they are different things.

7. Your definition of CR phases is not how most view it—Phase I is typically thought of as inpatient, and it is now recommended that patients start Phase 2 within 21 days and participate for 12 weeks.

8. I suggest including “Phase of rehab” in your table rather than in the text.

9. In your table, you should display the numbers of the outcome measure rather than the word description of the comparison.


The authors appropriately responded to comments and the revised manuscript is significantly improved.

Conflicts of Interest

None declared.

  1. Tuttle K, Kelemen A, Liang Y. Use of smartphone apps for improving physical function capacity in cardiac patient rehabilitation: systematic review. JMIRx Med 2021 Sep 15;2(3):e21906 [FREE Full text] [CrossRef]
  2. Forman DE, LaFond K, Panch T, Allsup K, Manning K, Sattelmair J. Utility and efficacy of a smartphone application to enhance the learning and behavior goals of traditional cardiac rehabilitation: a feasibility study. J Cardiopulm Rehabil Prev 2014;34(5):327-334. [CrossRef] [Medline]
  3. Layton AM, Whitworth J, Peacock J, Bartels MN, Jellen PA, Thomashow BM. Feasibility and acceptability of utilizing a smartphone based application to monitor outpatient discharge instruction compliance in cardiac disease patients around discharge from hospitalization. Int J Telemed Appl 2014;2014:415868 [FREE Full text] [CrossRef] [Medline]
  4. Worringham C, Rojek A, Stewart I. Development and feasibility of a smartphone, ECG and GPS based system for remotely monitoring exercise in cardiac rehabilitation. PLoS One 2011 Mar 09;6(2):e14669 [FREE Full text] [CrossRef] [Medline]


CR: cardiac rehabilitation


Edited by E Meinert; This is a non–peer-reviewed article. submitted 26.08.21; accepted 26.08.21; published 17.09.21

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