A new version of the BMJ Best Practice app is now available to download for free from the Google Play and Apple stores. If you’ve been using this popular app, you’ll need to download the new version soon to continue using it, as the older version will shortly stop being updated.
1) Activating your account
To keep using the app, you’ll need to re-confirm your SGUL credentials with Best Practice at least once every six months.
You can do this by visiting the BMJ Best Practice website in one of four ways:
- using a desktop computer in the SGUL computer room
- using a Library laptop
- using your own device while onsite at St George’s, University of London (making sure it is connected to the Eduroam WiFi network)
- from offsite, using your SGUL username and password to log in via Shibboleth
Log in to your Best Practice personal account, and you’re done!
Register for a personal account for free if you haven’t done so before. Make sure to remember the email and password you choose – you’ll need them at the next stage.
2) Setting up the app
The first time you open the app, you’ll be asked to log in with your Best Practice personal account username and password. As a logged in subscriber, the full content will now start downloading to your device.
The new app
Changes in the new version have slightly altered the overall feel and navigation of the app, but if you’ve been using the old version it should quickly feel familiar. Just as before, it’s essentially a mobile version of the BMJ Best Practice website, and the content and organisation are unchanged.
- The new app and data will take up less storage space on your device – 226 MB, compared with 610 MB for the old version. It took us less than five minutes to download all the data on a strong internet connection.
- Some of this space has been saved by not including images in the downloaded data. You can still view images in the app, but you must be using it online.
- Navigating the content should be a little easier with longer entries now managed through submenus, giving a quick overview of the section and allowing you to click straight through to the part that interests you.
Screenshots of new app layout – differential diagonosis
Screenshot of old app layout – differential diagonosis