This app provides easy-to-understand information about type 2 diabetes. It has 3 language options — English, Maori and Samoan. Using comic-style, colourful graphics, 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 treat the condition and the importance of lifestyle changes like diet and exercise.
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Graphics and story are fun and entertaining
Pop-up information further explaining complex terms, medical conditions and symptoms are helpful to improving understanding
3 language options — English, Maori and Samoan
Has had input from New Zealand health professionals
Text can be lengthy and hard to read due to the small font - no zoom function
Story within the app is quite long - 33 screens of information (plus additional pages for complex terms)
Date of this review: March 2017
The following references relate to articles about apps for diabetes management.
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”.
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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