This app enables the user to track their symptoms such as pain, fatigue (tiredness), and sleep disturbance. It also allows them to record their treatments, and medication. By recording their symptoms regularly, the app allows the user to gauge how their symptoms are changing over time, such as in response to new medication.
The Arthritis Power app is a registry, which means that the health data is collected is used for research.
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Reviewer: Rebecca Grainger, Rheumatologist, University of Otago and Hutt Valley DHB. July 2016 Clinical score: ★★☆☆☆ Review: "This app is most useful for a person with inflammatory arthritis interested in collecting detailed information about their symptoms, medication and contributing to research about arthritis. Patients may experience the benefit of detailed tracking of symptoms and medications. "Feel good factor" of contributing to research." Safety concerns: "No safety concerns about the use of this app but may be time consuming to enter large amount of data." New Zealand relevance: ★★☆☆☆ Comment: "Research database is held in the USA, so unlikely for research to be undertaken in New Zealand. Medication tracking list has medications not available in NZ."
The tech review relates to the technical aspects of the app, such as security, privacy, etc.
Reviewer:Sara Jebreil, July 2016 Technical score: ★☆☆☆☆ Review:
Security: This app is secure as it requires login for use
Performance: Some functions work, but lagging or contains major technical problems
Impact of the app on battery life and device performance: Impact is minimal using an average of 18 MB of data over 3 hours.
Interactivity: Insufficient interactivity, or feedback, or user input options, limiting functions
Customisation: Does not allow any customisation or requires setting to be input every time
Data sharing: No
Multiple device syncing: No
Locations services (such as GPS): Not used
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The formal app review is based on the Mobile App Rating Scale (MARS) developed by researchers at Queensland University of Technology, Australia.(1) It is designed to score apps on a few comprehensive dimensions as shown below. Each dimension comprises several items which are rated on a 5-point scale from “1. Inadequate” to “5. Excellent”.