Currently available smartphone apps for asthma have worrying deficiencies
- Centre for Population Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
- Correspondence to
: Professor Brian McKinstry
Centre for Population Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Doorway 1, Medical School Teviot Place, Edinburgh EH8 9AG, UK;
Commentary on: .
Long-term conditions are becoming more prevalent1 and self-management is increasingly advocated by health services as a means of addressing this problem.2 Mobile app designers have enthusiastically embraced the healthcare market by designing hundreds of health-related apps targeted at long-term condition management. However, in the absence of any regulatory body overseeing the content and quality of these apps, their suitability for self-management is unknown. Huckvale and colleagues sought to explore the content of readily available apps in asthma, a condition known to be improved by the use of self-management plans.
The authors adopted rigorous systematic review methodology to carry out the assessment. They sought asthma-related apps on app stores …