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)
Reviewer: Amio Ikihele, Innovations Lead, TAHA Maternal and Child Service, University of Auckland Date of review: April 2017 Comments: "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 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."
This 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”.