Smartphone apps for total hip replacement and total knee replacement surgery patients: a systematic review.

Bahadori, S., Wainwright, T. and Ahmed, O., 2018. Smartphone apps for total hip replacement and total knee replacement surgery patients: a systematic review. Disability & Rehabilitation. (In Press)

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DOI: 10.1080/09638288.2018.1514661

Abstract

Purpose: The aim of this study was to critically examine the content of smartphone apps produced for patients undergoing total hip replacement and total knee replacement surgery. Materials and methods: A systematic search was conducted across the five most popular smartphone app stores: iTunes; Google Play; Windows Mobile; Blackberry App World; and Nokia Ovi. Apps were identified for screening if they: targeted total hip replacement or total knee replacement patients; were free of charge; and were in English. App quality assessment was conducted independently by three reviewers using the Mobile App Rating Scale. Results: 15 apps met the inclusion criteria. On the 5-point Mobile App Rating Scale, the mean overall app quality score was 3.1. Within the Mobile App Rating Scale, the “Aesthetics” subscale had the most inconsistency across all apps, generating the highest and lowest mean scores (4.7 and 1, respectively). The “functionality” subscale had the highest mean score (3.8) among the four subscales, and the “information” subscale had the lowest mean score (2.7). Conclusion: This study highlights that despite a wide range of apps currently available to total hip replacement and total knee replacement patients, there is significant variability in their quality. Future efforts should be made to develop apps in partnership with patients, to improve the content, interactivity and relevance of apps.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0963-8288
Uncontrolled Keywords:Smartphone, Apps; Patient information/education; Total hip replacement; Total knee replacement
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:31398
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:29 Oct 2018 12:25
Last Modified:29 Oct 2018 12:25

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