App Review

Three free apps for urogynecology providers

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These informational and clinical decision-making apps provide position statements, risk calculators, and interactive animations



Thousands of medical apps are available for smart mobile devices; however, identifying accurate and high-quality apps poses a challenge to health care providers. In the field of urogynecology, also known as female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery (FPMRS), the authors of a recent study identified and rated a number of apps for use by urogynecologists.1

The 3 apps featured here are all free and are both informational and clinical decision-making apps.

Informational apps include one or more of the following datasets in a given condition: epidemiology, etiology/pathophysiology, histology/pathology, clinical presentation, treatment, follow-up care, prevention, and/or prognosis.

Clinical decision-making apps may have the following functionalities within the app: clinical decision support systems, clinical treatment guidelines, disease diagnosis aids, differential diagnosis aids, medical calculators, laboratory test ordering, laboratory test interpretation, and/or medical exams.

The TABLE details the features of these recommended apps based on a shortened version of the APPLICATIONS scoring system, APPLI (app comprehensiveness, price, platform, literature used, and important special features).2 I hope urogynecologists view these apps as innovative educational resources that provide quick medical knowledge and pelvic floor patient education.

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