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Apps for asthma self-management: a systematic assessment of content and tools

Kit Huckvale1, Mate Car1, Cecily Morrison12 and Josip Car1*

Author Affiliations

1 Global eHealth Unit, Department of Primary Care and Public Health, Imperial College London, St Dunstan's Road, London W6 8RP, UK

2 Engineering Design Centre, University of Cambridge, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1PZ, UK

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BMC Medicine 2012, 10:144  doi:10.1186/1741-7015-10-144

Published: 22 November 2012

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Data extraction template. The template was used during data extraction to standardize the process. Descriptions are provided for items that may be unclear. Section 8 contains a comprehensive list of evidence-based statements derived from UK BTS/SIGN guidelines which is a superset of those reported in the study and is intended for a separate analysis of the suitability of apps for use in a UK-specific context.

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Characteristics of excluded apps. The table summarizes the apps excluded during screening and the reasons for exclusion.

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App types identified by the systematic assessment. The table shows a numeric breakdown of the types of content and features exposed by apps included in the assessment.

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Characteristics and quality appraisal of apps presenting information about asthma. Methods used for quality appraisal are described in the text.

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Comprehensiveness of educational topic coverage by health information apps. The table summarizes the number of apps addressing each of eight topics defined for asthma self-management education. Each app was assessed as either addressing the domain wholly, partially or not at all, using defined sub-criteria, which are described separately.

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Consistency of recommendations made by asthma apps with evidence-base. The table shows the number of references to each statement made by apps included in the assessment and the direction of any recommendation associated with that statement. For example, an app claiming that removing pets from the home is beneficial for asthma symptom control would count under the 'Beneficial' column. The expected advice (in the example given: that there is no clear evidence that removal of pets from the home improves asthma symptoms) is shown for each statement in the shaded box.

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Characteristics and quality appraisal of diary apps. Methods used for quality appraisal are described in the text.

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Additional file 8:

Characteristics and quality appraisal of apps providing assessment tools. Methods used for quality appraisal are described in the text.

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Characteristics of other apps. The table summarizes apps not fitting into other categories.

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