This app is for New Zealanders wanting to learn about type 2 diabetes in a fun, easy-to-understand way.
Type 2 Diabetes Xplained
No in-app advertising
Requires the internet to function
No social networking options
No online support community
What does the app do?
This app provides easy-to-understand information about diabetes. The app has 3 language options — English, Maori and Samoan. Using comic-style colourful cartoon graphics with speech bubbles, the user follows the story of Hare, on his journey as he is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. He learns about the different tests to diagnose type 2 diabetes, medications to treatment diabetes and lifestyle changes. To help improve the understanding of type 2 diabetes, complex medical terms like hyperglycaemia, insulin resistance, biguanides, etc are simplified by linking to pages containing simple explanations and fun graphics. This app is a great tool to demystify type 2 diabetes.
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Is a fun, entertaining way to educate people about all aspects of type 2 diabetes care including diagnosis, treatment and lifestyle changes.
The pop up information further explaining terms, medical conditions and symptoms are useful supported by relevant graphics.
Has different language options that are relevant to many New Zealanders - English, Maori and Samoan.
The survey at the end of the app to collect information about its usefulness is great for app improvements.
The text is very lengthy and hard to read at times due to the small font. It is also hard to click on the highlighted words which provided further explanations.
The comic style reading of speech bubbles may not appeal to everybody.
The app comprises 33 pages, not including the additional pages that describe complex terms. This is quite long for an app platform. It would be great to offer users the option of a shortened version- a 3-4 minute cartoon clip would be more appealing.
The story line of the character may not resonate with all New Zealanders who are newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Having a younger character included will be great for younger adults to relate to.
Date of this review: March 2017
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Reviewer: Amio Ikihele, Innovations Lead, TAHA Maternal and Child Service, University of Auckland April 2017 Clinical score: ★★★★★ Review: "This app is most useful for adults who would like more information about Type 2 diabetes. The app provides another way of learning about type 2 diabetes through the use of comics. Individuals are able to have different terms, medications, symptoms explained which are highlighted throughout the app." Safety concerns: None New Zealand relevance: ★★★★☆ Comment: "Scrolling through 33 pages to read about someone’s journey of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes is lengthy. A short 3-4 minute cartoon clip would have been more suffice allowing it to be more entertaining. This scenario also may not resonate with other New Zealanders who are newly diagnosed with type two diabetes."
The tech review relates to the technical aspects of the app, such as security, privacy, etc.
Reviewer: Unmesh Jyoti Nitin, PGDip Health Informatics, April 2017 Technical score: ★★★☆☆ Review:
Security& Privacy: App doesn’t collect any personal data. The App can access photos, media and files on the device. You can disable the access for these permissions in settings of the device.
Platform Support: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Requires Android 4.0 and up.
Performance: App is responsive and features are performing as designed.
Impact of app on battery: App doesn’t include online services and offers offline playback. Therefore, it has minimal impact on battery.
Data Sharing : No apparent data sharing.
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