This is the protocol for a review and there is no abstract. The objectives are as follows:
Our main goal is to provide knowledge about the effectiveness and adoption factors of ICT interventions on SRH promotion and HIV/AIDS prevention among adolescents and young adults.
Primary objective: To assess the effectiveness of ICT interventions for SRH promotion including HIV/AIDS prevention among adolescents and young adults.
Interventions of interest are the behavioral ones, aimed at SRH promotion and primary prevention of HIV in heterosexual adolescents and young adults. Three comparisons are then planned:
1- ICT intervention versus no intervention;
2- ICT intervention versus other interventions not using ICT;
3- ICT intervention versus another ICT intervention.
To assess the influence of specific factors across studies, subgroup comparisons will be conducted with respect to the characteristics of technology, intervention and recipients. The following characteristics provide potential categories for grouping studies, but the number of subgroup comparisons will depend on the characteristics of the studies included in the review.
Characteristics of technology: internet (internet-based, web-based and online intervention), computer, cell phone, Personal Digital Assistance, CD-Rom, interactive video, telemedicine/telehealth, etc.
Characteristics of interventions: clinic-based, school-based, population-based, community-based, peer-support, tailored, targeted, theory-based, etc.
Characteristics of recipients: gender (male, female), age (adolescents, young adults), place of residence (urban, rural).
Secondary objective: To identify factors of applicability of ICT interventions in SRH promotion and HIV/AIDS prevention among adolescents and young adults.
We will develop the discussion on the limitations and opportunities of ICT approaches (access, cost, ease of use, confidentiality/privacy, etc.).