An app for people with migraines and headaches, to track their symptoms, triggers and treatment.
|Headache Diary Lite
- Free version - has advertising
- Paid version is ad-free
- Requires internet
- Data can be exported (paid version)
- No social networking options
What does the app do?
This app allows users to keep track of their headaches or migraines by recording the date, duration, type of headache, severity and location of the pain, causes, effects of the headache, medication taken and responses to it.
For the complete app description, go to Google Play (android).
- Reasonably quick and easy-to-use.
- Data can be viewed as various types of graphs (paid version allows more graph options).
- Includes a Knowledge Base section with basic information on types of headaches, and interpretation of the app’s pain scale.
- No customisation of lists such as medications, causes etc (paid version allows some customisation).
- Medication list includes US-based names that may not be recognisable to New Zealanders.
- Not available for iPhones/iPads
- No education component or information about self-care.
- App does not record details such as associated symptoms (e nausea etc), auras, prodromes, or non-medication treatments.
- Only 10 headache/migraines can be recorded (paid version allows more records)
|Date of this review: April 2017
This app has been reviewed by other independent websites:
Migraines Practical Apps 1
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The following references relate to articles about apps for headaches and migraines:
- Hundert AS, Huguet A, McGrath PJ, et al. Commercially Available Mobile Phone Headache Diary Apps: A Systematic Review. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2014 Aug 19;2(3):e36.
- Mosadeghi-Nik M, Askari MS, Fatehi F. Mobile health (mHealth) for headache disorders: A review of the evidence base. J Telemed Telecare. 2016 Dec;22(8):472-477.
- Huguet A, Stinson J, Mackay B et al. Bringing psychosocial support to headache sufferers using information and communication technology: lessons learned from asking potential users what they want. Pain Res Manag. 2014 Jan-Feb;19(1):e1-8.
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”.
Read more about the MARS scale.
The mean score is the mean of two independent reviewers' ratings:
|Engagement (5 items)
|Functionality (4 items)
|Aesthetics (3 items)
|Information (7 items)
|App quality mean score
- Stoyanov SR, Hides L, Kavanagh DJ, et al. Mobile app rating scale: a new tool for assessing the quality of health mobile apps. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2015 Mar 11;3(1):e27. doi: 10.2196/mhealth.3422.