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Patient Groups and Site App Recommendations

Patient groups supporting app reviews and recommendations…

The founding principle of myhealthapps.net is that patient groups understand best what patients need from apps. So, we have always advocated that patient groups curate up-to-date reviews and recommendations for apps on their own websites. 

In this blog, we look at three contrasting approaches.

Weekly posters – American Liver Foundation

The American Liver Foundation runs a `Get Fit’ campaign for people with kidney disease. The Foundation promotes education, advocacy, support services and research for the prevention, treatment and cure of liver disease.

As part of the organisation’s `Get Fit’ campaign, each week it issues a new downloadable `poster’ online. This brings together advice and tips for the app users.

Some of the posters focus on apps recommended by the Foundation, including apps for:

  • Helping to prevent kidney disease
  • Mental health
  • Fitness and exercise.
Local review of apps – Mind, Brighton and Hove

Following on, in the UK, a local branch of a national health charity produced for their site a comprehensive guide to mental health apps. Mind in Brighton and Hove posted descriptions of more than 20 mental health apps. This was across a range of subjects including apps for:

  • Firstly, mental well-being
  • Secondly, depression and anxiety
  • Thirdly, physical well-being
  • Following on, eating disorders
  • Lastly, younger people.

Each description is clear and well-written. It gives guidance on how each app can help, and includes links to download the app. It’s part of an online suite of local support, including a directory of help available in the towns served by the group.

In addition, this raises the question that if a local branch of a patient group can produce an app guide? Or can this also be done by larger teams?

Dedicated `App center’ – US National Kidney Foundation

The American charity, the National Kidney Foundation, has a dedicated area of its website as an `app center’. It offers a drop-down menu to filter results, depending if you want to view apps aimed at healthcare professionals, or as a patient. You can also filter by the type of device you use.

Following on, the site offers a top-line description of apps. When you click on an app you are interested in, you can view a detailed description. You can also see screenshots. If you’re interested, click on links to download the app from app stores.

In common with many patient groups and charity sites, it is quite challenging to find out how to drill down to the app center from the tabs on the home page. So often, good content written by patient groups on apps is buried deep in sites. It can be hard to find and not updated. This is a pity, as clearly people have invested time in creating the original guides, and they are written by those who understand the relevance of apps the best – the patients.  

NEXT STEPS:

Check out the American Liver Foundation’s downloadable posters at…

Click here

Visit Mind Brighton and Hove’s app review page at…

Click here

 

Explore the US National Kidney Foundation app center at…

Click here

 



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