App Review: BMJ Best Practice

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Name: BMJ Best Practice

Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group

Devices: Smartphones and tablets with Android OS 4.2 or later and iPhones and iPads with iOS version 7.0 or later. We tested this app on an iPad.

Available from: iTunes App Store or Google Play.

Price: Free.

Available to SGUL students and staff only. Details on how to access the full content are included at the end of the post.

Type of information: Point of care, clinical decision making support tool.

For: UK healthcare professionals and healthcare students.

Main Pros: This new version of the app (released in 2017) requires substantially less storage on your device. Content is available offline after the initial download so it can be accessed at any time. Condition summaries contain links to relevant guidelines and papers. Daily content updates and the CME/CPD tracker can help keep you up-to-date in your chosen specialty.

Main Cons: A personal subscription is necessary for those without institutional access. Savings in storage capacity have been made by not including images in the downloaded data – they are now only available when using the app online. Initial search function was quite basic, but this has been addressed in a recent update.


BMJ Best Practice provides access to reliable information and guidance on hundreds of medical conditions that can be used to support you in clinical decision-making. This companion app to the web version of BMJ Best Practice is designed to be used on the move and after an initial download, content can be accessed when offline, which is particularly convenient if you are unable to connect to Wi-Fi.

This new version of the app will be familiar to anyone who has used it before, with the majority of changes being cosmetic and offering a cleaner, more responsive experience. New users should find the app intuitive and easy to navigate. The home screen offers a simple layout with a central search bar, and the icons at the bottom of the screen allow you to browse by speciality; browse the available calculators or quickly locate information you have recently or commonly referred to.

Condition summaries are broken down into sections and subsections, such as ‘Diagnosis’, ‘Treatment’ and ‘Management’ or you can use the ‘Highlights’ section for a quick summary and overview. This highlights section will also link to related conditions, or to clinical guidelines where appropriate. Each topic has a ‘Last Updated’ date underneath the heading so you can be sure the information is current and you can browse through all of the sections by swiping from right to left, or by using the back button to choose a different section. This is especially helpful in longer, more complex entries.

Where necessary, summaries will contain links to relevant guidelines, resources and articles which will then open in your device’s browser when connected to the internet. You can explore these as you read, or refer to the ‘Resources’ section for the full reference list. Links to the full-text of an article will also appear if the article or study features in a journal that the Library subscribes to.

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Download Instructions (for SGUL staff and students)

[PDF instructions available here]

  1. Create a ‘My Best Practice’ personal account on the BMJ Best Practice website (http://bestpractice.bmj.com/) whilst using either a computer in the Library Computer Rooms; a Library laptop; or using a device connected to the St. George’s eduroam WiFi network.bmjlogin
    Remember the email address and password used to create the account.
  2. Download the app from the iTunes app store (iOS) or Google Play (Android).
  3. Launch the app. When asked to log in, use the same email address and password you used to create your My Best Practice account.
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  4. The app content will automatically begin to download. It will take about 5 minutes on a good WiFi connection.

Remember!!
Your subscription must be renewed every six months by logging into your My Best Practice personal account on the BMJ Best Practice website http://bestpractice.bmj.com/ using either a computer in the Library Computer Rooms; a Library laptop; or using a device connected to the St George’s eduroam WiFi network.

If you experience any difficulties in downloading the app, or need any assistance in using it, email us at liaison@sgul.ac.uk

All review of mobile resources are subject to the St George’s Library Disclaimer, please take the time to read it carefully.

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Quick Look: NICE Guidance

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Name: NICE Guidance

Publisher: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

Devices:
Android: requires Android 4.0 and up.
iPhone/iPad: iOS 6.0 or later. App size: 5.8MB
*We tested this on an iPad*

Available from:      Google Play , iTunes and Windows

Price: Free

Type of information:  The app provides mobile access to NICE guidelines for healthcare professionals and students. The evidence-based guidelines offer current pathways for the diagnoses, prognosis and treatment of many health problems. There are hundreds of conditions and diseases covered, as well as different public health topics.

Main pros: 

  • Easy to use
  • Clean interface
  • Official guidelines from NICE
  • Handy mobile tool

Main cons:  

  • Text heavy
  • Limited personalisation features

The updated NICE Guidance app from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence offers on-the-move guidance for healthcare professionals and students. With over 760 topics and guidelines, as well as thousands of individual chapters, the app is text heavy. However, the in-app search box makes it easy to extract information quickly. The app also allows users to browse by topic and by guideline type.

The app is available through NICE and provides access to official NICE evidence-based guidelines which are used to keep health and social care professionals up-to-date on pathways in diagnosing and treating health problems. The information within the app is of a high-quality. Sections include clinical guidelines, cancer service guidelines and public health guidelines. One of the most beneficial features is the new and updated guidance section. New guidelines will automatically update on your device to keep you informed of any developments within healthcare guidelines.

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The app’s interface is uncluttered and easily navigable. You can also personalise the app, although these features are limited. Individual chapters can be bookmarked for use offline, which is useful for keeping track of specialist areas of interest. However, the text cannot be highlighted or annotated.

This app is a good aid for speedy and accurate guidance for the busy healthcare worker, but don’t expect more than what it says on the tin. Overall, the app is intuitive and easy to use and could be a handy mobile tool to have in your pocket!

All posts on this blog are subject to the St George’s Library Disclaimer, please take the time to read it carefully.

Updated: Aug 2017

 

Quick Look: Medscape App

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Name:  Medscape App

Publisher: WebMD

Devices: iOS 9.0 or later. Android 4.0.3 and up.   Sive 28.7MB

Available from: Apple’s App Store  and Google Play

Price: Free

Type of information:
This app is designed to support clinicians with all of their professional needs, including decision-making support at the point-of-care, medical news and perspectives from thought leaders across medicine.

For: doctors, medical students, nurses and other healthcare professionals for clinical information.

  • Main pros – Authored and reviewed by a team of 7,700 doctors and pharmacists from leading medical centres to ensure that all content is current, evidence-based, and written in a format designed to support physicians in practice.
  • Main cons – Some information will be more applicable to American users than British users, so use with caution.

The Medscape app can be used to look up the most current drug prescribing and safety information.  It allows access to 129 medical calculators covering formulas, scales and classifications, and provides reviews of the latest information about 4400 diseases and conditions.  It also provides detailed written and video instructions for over 1000 clinical procedures.
The app allows you to search the Medline database for journal articles, and provides updates for the latest news impacting your speciality.
In addition, the app offers accredited Continuing Medical Education courses for professional development.

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All posts on this blog are subject to the St George’s Library Disclaimer, please take the time to read it carefully.

Updated: Sept 2017

App Review: 3D Brain

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Name: 3D Brain

Publisher: DNA Learning Center.

Devices: Android smartphones and tablets and iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (version 1.0.3 in Android, and version 1.3.2 on  Apple devices)

Other requirements: 72.8mb of memory space for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Requieres iOS 6.0 or later. 96mb of memory on Android devices. Requires Andorid 1.6 and up.

Tested on:  iPad Air and Nexus 7

Available from: Apple’s iStore and the Google Play

Price: Free.

Type of information:
Interactive 3D images of 29 brain regions. Last updated Jan 2017

For: Health professionals and medical students.

  • Main pros – Free. Easy-to-use interface, clearly labelled, includes case studies and links to research on each part of the brain region.
  • Main cons – The Android version does not allow for vertical scrolling.

As the description for the app says:

“Use your touch screen to rotate and zoom around the interactive brain structures. Discover how each brain region functions, what happens when it is injured, and how it is involved in mental illness. Each detailed structure comes with information on functions, disorders, brain damage, case studies, and links to modern research.”

We downloaded it onto the Nexus 7 and the iPad.  There were some differences in the amount of labeling given on a brain region structure, and the images looked a bit better on the iPad. One big difference is that the iPad version allowed for vertical scrolling but the Android version did not.  They were both very easy to figure out how to use.

 

Image of 3D Brain app on iPad and Nexus 7

For more information: read the iMedicalApps review.

All posts on this blog are subject to the St George’s Library Disclaimer, please take the time to read it carefully.

Updated: 15th Sept 2017

Quick Look: The Genetics Counselling App (TGCA)

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tgca-01Name:  The Genetics Counselling App (TGCA)

Publisher: St George’s, University of London

Devices: iPad with iOS version 6.1 or later.

Other Requirements:  36.6mb memory.

Available from: Apple’s App Store

Price: £2.99

Type of information:
The app gives a visual explanation of chromosomes from the body to gene level. The app highlights the most common types of Mendelian inheritance through a number of animations which the user controls depending on the scenario they are trying to emulate.

For: Health professionals and medical students.

  • Main pros – Primarily for Genetic Counsellors/Practitioners, Geneticists, General Practitioners, related healthcare professionals and GCSE to Postgraduate students.
  • Main cons – Cost

The Genetic Counselling App can be used during patient consultation to explain various complex genetics concepts and provide additional information as a teaching tool. The app is also a great revision tool for students.

The app explains some common genetics tests carried out in modern age. Finally the Genetics Counselling App links out to useful additional information which means the user can also easily access a wide range of up to date genetic websites when they come across less common genetic conditions.

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The app provides a good and modern way to teach and revise genetic basics and also the less common genetics conditions.

All posts on this blog are subject to the St George’s Library Disclaimer, please take the time to read it carefully.

Updated: 15th Sept 2017

Quick Look: Prognosis: Your Diagnosis

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Name: Prognosis: Your Diagnosis

Publisher: Medical Joyworks

Devices: Android 4.1 and up. Tablets and iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

Other requirements: The app takes 2.8mb to install, but as you download more cases, it will use up more memory.

Tested on:  Nexus 7

Available from: Apple’s iStore and the Google Play

Price: Free.

Type of information: Clinical case simulation game for physicians, medical students, nurses, and paramedics.

For: Physicians, medical students, nurses, and paramedics.

  • Main pros – Free. New cases available regularly. Easy to use interface
  • Main cons – Simplistic binary choices for clinical case management.

This clinical case simulation games is very simple to use and quick to download. Once you’ve installed the main app, you are given a list of cases that you download individually. Pick the ones you want to download, and once they are stored on your phone, you wont need 3g or WiFi to access the cases. You can browse all medical cases, or pick from four different categories: medicine, surgery, gyn & obs, and pediatrics. For each case, you go through 3 steps.

  1. History: gives you information about the patient.
  2. Investigate: you are given a selection of diagnostic tests that you can choose to perform, for the example below, this included TSH + FT$ and MRI Thorax.
  3. Management: you are given four patient management choices to pick from. You can choose more than one option.

After this you are given a score depending on the choices that you have made.

Medical Joyworks have releases other versions of the app for particular specialties, such as cardiology and neurology.

 

For more information: read the iMedicalApps review or go to the official app website.