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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:

Karla Goessler 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 is a systematic review [1] investigating the utilization of smartphone apps for improving physical function capacity in cardiac rehabilitation (CR). Please find below my comments/suggestions.

Specific Comments

Major Comments

1. CR interventions seem to be quite different between studies, making future comparisons inappropriate (ie, for CR programs including exercise programs, I would expect improvements in cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF), while for programs including diet, this outcome might not change).

2. It is not clear how authors selected the papers. This process makes it difficult to understand the results, as the outcomes and types of interventions are quite different between studies. As the main outcome in CR is CRF, I would suggest making it your primary outcome for selection of the studies.

Minor Comments
Methods/Results

1. I would suggest including a PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses) flow diagram for the study selection process. This is available at http://prisma-statement.org/prismastatement/flowdiagram.aspx.

2. Tables 2 and 3 are not clear.

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]


CR: cardiac rehabilitation
CRF: cardiorespiratory fitness
PRISMA: Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses


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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