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Using mHealth tools to improve access, coverage and treatment of uninsured people with high cardiovascular disease risk in Argentina: a study protocol for a pragmatic cluster randomised trial
  1. Shafika Abrahams-Gessel1,
  2. Andrea Beratarrechea2,
  3. Vilma Irazola2,
  4. Laura Gutierrez2,
  5. Daniela Moyano2,
  6. Ariel Fernandez2,
  7. Alvaro Ciganda2,
  8. Leo Anthony Celis3,
  9. Eric Winkler3,
  10. Adolfo Rubinstein4,
  11. Thomas A Gaziano1,5
  1. 1 Center for Health Decision Science, Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  2. 2 Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  3. 3 Institute for Medical Engineering and Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
  4. 4 Ministry of Health of Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  5. 5 Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Shafika Abrahams-Gessel, Center for Health Decision Science, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA 02115, USA; sabraham{at}hsph.harvard.edu and Dr Thomas A Gaziano, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA 02115, USA; tgaziano{at}bwh.harvard.edu

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  • Contributors TAG, AR, AB, SA-G and VI created the concept for the study and the protocol. AF, AC, LAC and EW developed the mHealth tools. AB, LG, DM, AH and AC were responsible for the design, collection and implementation of data collection. SA-G wrote the primary draft of the manuscript with input from AB and DM. TAG, AB, VI, AF, AC, LAC, EW and LG all reviewed and provided feedback on the final manuscript.

  • Funding This study was funded in full by the National Institutes of Health/Fogarty International Center (5R21TW01073).

  • Disclaimer The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Ethics approval This trial has been registered with ClinicalTrials.Gov (NCT02913339). A CONSORT checklist for reporting randomised trials has been completed for this study. The protocol complies with the requirements of the Ethics Committee (IRB) of the Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires and the IRB at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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  • Contributors TAG, AR, AB, SA-G and VI created the concept for the study and the protocol. AF, AC, LAC and EW developed the mHealth tools. AB, LG, DM, AH and AC were responsible for the design, collection and implementation of data collection. SA-G wrote the primary draft of the manuscript with input from AB and DM. TAG, AB, VI, AF, AC, LAC, EW and LG all reviewed and provided feedback on the final manuscript.

  • Funding This study was funded in full by the National Institutes of Health/Fogarty International Center (5R21TW01073).

  • Disclaimer The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Ethics approval This trial has been registered with ClinicalTrials.Gov (NCT02913339). A CONSORT checklist for reporting randomised trials has been completed for this study. The protocol complies with the requirements of the Ethics Committee (IRB) of the Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires and the IRB at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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