This app provides users with information about eczema such as the causes, factors that make eczema worse and treatment options. The app has a quick reference section that has illustrations on treatments such wet wraps, bleach baths and daily care.
✔ Free, comprehensive information.
✔ Has several good step-by-step cartoons.
✔ Written by the department of Dermatology at UT Southwestern Medical Centre.
✔ Provides references.
✘ There is no ability to record a treatment programme or set reminders.
✘ In many places, the information reads more like a document for health professionals than for patients and is much too dense for reading on a smartphone.
✘ There is no contents section – you have to scroll through to find what you are looking for.
✘ The app seems to indiscriminately include information, for example it includes information about a very rarely used and expensive treatment (calcineurin inhibitors). In addition it includes this information quite early on in the document without clear information about how it fits in the overall context of eczema management.
✘ There doesn't appear to be information about the difference between the types of moisturisers (i.e. lotions, creams, ointments).
✘ The recommended product list is US focused.
Privacy and security
No personal data required to use the app. No privacy issue.
Date of review: August 2016 Platform reviewed: Android App version: 1.1 Download size: 4.57 MB
This app has been reviewed by other independent websites.
Reviewer: Dr Jeremy Steinberg, GP, RNZCGP August 2016 Comment: "This app is most useful for parents of children with eczema. It can be a useful source of information." Safety concerns: "None" New Zealand relevance: " The recommended product list is US focused – most of the products mentioned in this section are not available in New Zealand, and don't include medications that are funded on the Pharmac schedule."
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 — engagement, functionality, aesthetics, and information quality. Each dimension comprises several items which are rated on a 5-point scale from “1. Inadequate” to “5. Excellent”.
The tech review relates to the technical aspects of the app.
Reviewer: MedLOOK (NeeKer Ling), October 2016
Security & Privacy: No personal data required to use the app. No privacy issue. Platform Support: iOS and Android mobile app available. Performance: App is responsive and features are performing as designed. Does not require internet connection except for redirection to reference websites. Impact of app on battery: Impact is minimal. Engagement: No user engagement. Simple information app. Data Sharing: User is able to share data with healthcare provider. User can choose to participate in app usage research. Data collected is anonymous.
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