Invitation: Ethics and mHealth Survey


You are invited to complete an online survey as part of a research project being conducted by mobile health (mHealth) and ethics researchers at Johns Hopkins University. The survey link is provided below.

Mobile phone technology is increasingly being used in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) for public health purposes. The aim of our study is to explore the ethical, legal and societal issues related to the development, conduct and reporting of mobile phone surveys in LMICs. Our study focuses mainly on the use of mobile phone surveys to identify non-communicable disease (NCD) risk factors.

We are asking you to participate in this study because of your experience with mHealth and/or the oversight of research or public health practice in LMICs.

If you are willing to complete this anonymous online survey, please continue by following the link below. It will take about 15–20 minutes to complete. We do not anticipate any risks to you from participation. You can skip questions that you do not wish to answer and may stop at any time.

While it is unlikely that you will benefit personally from completing the survey, we hope the survey will increase global understanding of the various emerging issues in this area. Our goal is to help future stakeholders navigate some of the unsettled ethical, legal and societal questions that arise when conducting mobile phone surveys in LMICs.

If you complete the survey, you will have the option of entering a drawing to receive a $50 gift card sent to you by email. Twenty (20) people who respond to this survey will be selected randomly to receive a gift card. We will also be happy to share the findings of this survey with you.

Please click or copy and paste this link into your browser to begin the survey:

The survey will close in approximately 3 weeks. We greatly appreciate your taking the time to respond to the questions.

Kind regards,

Joseph Ali, JD Alain Labrique, MHS MS PhD Dustin Gibson, MS PhD George Pariyo, MBChB PhD Saifuddin Ahmed, PhD Adnan A. Hyder, MD MPH PhD

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics

Note: Questions related to the survey can be sent to