An app for people with migraines and headaches, to track their symptoms, triggers and treatment.
- 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 simple app allows users to keep track of their headaches or migraines by recording the date, duration, severity, type of pain, location, triggers and medications.
For the complete app description, go to Google Play (android).
- Very easy and quick to use.
- Allows customisation of lists such as medications, triggers etc
- Data can be viewed as a basic graph (paid version allows records to be exported as a spreadsheet).
- In-app advertising (paid version removes ads).
- No education component or information about self-care.
- Medication list includes US-based names that may not be recognisable to New Zealanders.
- Not available for iPhones/iPads.
- App only records very basic headache or migraine details (does not include associated symptoms such as e nausea, auras, prodromes, non-medication treatments
|Date of this review: April 2017
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.