An app to learn more about managing kidney disease.
What does the app do?
This app is a collection of resources to help people better manage their kidney disease. The app has 3 main sections, which are colour-coded:
- Blue - detect: this section has information about understanding kidney disease and how it is diagnosed.
- Green - prevent: this section has information on ways to slow down or stop kidney damage.
- Yellow - support: this section has tips on how to help yourself and how others can help you.
In addition the app has links to a variety of resources and factsheets, a dictionary explaining complex medical terms and a FAQ (frequently asked questions) section. For the complete app description, go to the app website , Google Play or iTunes and for a detailed review, see Reviews.
✔ Interactive and largely accurate information about chronic kidney disease with a few quizzes.
✔ Has links to external resources (but these are Australian specific).
✘ There are several errors of omission. There is no information on statins, aspirin, anaemia, influenza and pneumococcal vaccination, and potassium among other topics. There is only passing mention of dialysis and other renal replacement therapies.
✘ For the topics that are covered, they were generally correct, however there were a few inaccuracies:
* Normal eGFR is widely defined as above 60, and this is the cutoff used on laboratory results. This app calls an eGFR of 60 being at 60% of normal with 100 being 100% of normal.
* The app uses their own version of chronic kidney disease classification which is based on the KDIGO criteria. They should have just used the proper KDIGO criteria which is what patients will encounter.
* The section on haematuria says it is caused by menstruation and tumours. There is actually a long list of causes.
✘ There is no mention of there being renal physician input and assessing the content, it appears unlikely.
✘ There were several typographic errors.
✘ The blood pressure section uses brand names for medicines rather than the generic names
Privacy and security
Date of review: March 2019
Platform reviewed: Android
Size: 19.45 MB
Updated on: May 2016
Reviewer: Jeremy Steinberg, GP Registrar, RNZCGP
Date of review: March 2019
Comments: " This is a very average app with incomplete information on chronic kidney disease. There were a few inaccuracies but what is covered is generally correct. However there are several errors of omission, such as there being no information on statins, aspirin, anaemia, vaccinations, potassium and only passing mention of renal replacement therapies. There is also no mention of there being renal physician input. The linked resources may be of limited use to New Zealand users."
Safety concerns: "No guidance regarding seeking early assessment if the person develops diarrhoea and vomiting."
New Zealand relevance: " The information has been written for the Australian context with there being many Australia specific external links and phone numbers. Pharmacy kidney checks are not generally available in New Zealand. Talks about Aboriginal health, but not Maori and Pacific health. Australian brand names used for some drugs."