This app provides users with information about gout such as the causes, gout flare triggers, treatment options, lifestyle tips for preventing gout flares and how to protect your kidneys. The app also has tools to track various measures such as serum uric acid, gout flares, etc and has logs to document your medications, supplements and questions for your healthcare provider. For a more detailed description of the app, see Google Play or iTunes and for a detailed review, see Reviews.
✔ Provides comprehensive, simple information about gout including diet and lifestyle advice
✔ Easy to use tracking features - able to track symptoms, flares and management
✔ Has provision to email results to health care provider
✘ American units of measurement which may be confusing to the New Zealand user, for example serum uric acid tracker in mg/dL (units used in the US) - in NZ serum uric acid is measured in mmol/L
✘ No strategies to encourage use of tracking features
✘ Overall the app is textually heavy - more graphics such as images, or diagrams would have been helpful
Reviewer: Rebecca Grainger, Rheumatologist, University of Otago and Hutt Valley DHB. August 2016 Review: "This app is most useful for people wanting to know more about gout, identify factors that affect their gout and monitor their treatment. Using this app may help someone learn more about the disease, track their symptoms, management and serum uric acid. Safety concerns: None New Zealand relevance: "American units of measurement which may be confusing to the New Zealand user, for example serum uric acid tracker in mg/dL (units used in the US) - in NZ serum uric acid is measured in mmol/L. Since the app is Americanized, some medications mentioned in the treatment options are not available in New Zealand such as pegloticase."
Formal MARS Review
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”.
The tech review relates to the technical aspects of the app,such as security, privacy, etc.
Reviewer:MedLook(NeeKer Ling), August 2016
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