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Patients' and Nephrologists' Evaluation of Patient-Facing Smartphone Apps for CKD.

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Singh, K; Diamantidis, CJ; Ramani, S; Bhavsar, NA; Mara, P; Warner, J; Rodriguez, J; Wang, T; Wright-Nunes, J
Published in: Clin J Am Soc Nephrol
April 5, 2019

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Many aspects of CKD management rely heavily on patient self-care, including medication and dietary adherence, self-monitoring of BP, and daily physical activity. Growing evidence suggests that incorporating smartphone-based applications can support self-care in CKD and chronic disease more generally. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS: We identified applications targeting patients with CKD by conducting a search of the US Apple App Store (iOS) and Google Play Store (Android) using the following four phrases: "kidney disease," "renal," "dialysis," and "kidney transplant." We considered the first 50 applications for each search term on each application store. We adapted a previously described framework for assessment of mobile health applications to account for kidney disease-specific content areas and evaluated applications on their types of patient engagement, quality, usability, and safety. Engagement and quality were assessed by both a patient and a nephrologist, usability was assessed by a patient, and safety was assessed by a nephrologist. Overall, two patients with CKD and three nephrologists performed the evaluations. We examined pairwise correlations between patient, nephrologist, and consumer ratings of application quality. RESULTS: Our search strategy identified 174 unique applications on Android and 165 unique applications on iOS. After excluding applications that were not related to kidney disease, were not patient facing, or were last updated before 2014, 12 Android-only applications, 11 iOS-only applications, and five dual-platform applications remained. Patient and nephrologist application quality ratings, assessed by the net promoter score, were not correlated (r=0.36; P=0.06). Consumer ratings on the application stores did not correlate with patient ratings of application quality (r=0.34; P=0.18). CONCLUSIONS: Only a small subset of CKD applications was highly rated by both patients and nephrologists. Patients' impressions of application quality are not directly linked to consumer application ratings or nephrologist impressions.

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Published In

Clin J Am Soc Nephrol

DOI

EISSN

1555-905X

Publication Date

April 5, 2019

Volume

14

Issue

4

Start / End Page

523 / 529

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Urology & Nephrology
  • Smartphone
  • Self Care
  • Renal Insufficiency, Chronic
  • Patient Participation
  • Nephrology
  • Mobile Applications
  • Humans
  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • 4202 Epidemiology
 

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Singh, K., Diamantidis, C. J., Ramani, S., Bhavsar, N. A., Mara, P., Warner, J., … Wright-Nunes, J. (2019). Patients' and Nephrologists' Evaluation of Patient-Facing Smartphone Apps for CKD. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol, 14(4), 523–529. https://doi.org/10.2215/CJN.10370818
Singh, Karandeep, Clarissa J. Diamantidis, Shreyas Ramani, Nrupen A. Bhavsar, Peter Mara, Julia Warner, Jorge Rodriguez, Tianshi Wang, and Julie Wright-Nunes. “Patients' and Nephrologists' Evaluation of Patient-Facing Smartphone Apps for CKD.Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 14, no. 4 (April 5, 2019): 523–29. https://doi.org/10.2215/CJN.10370818.
Singh K, Diamantidis CJ, Ramani S, Bhavsar NA, Mara P, Warner J, et al. Patients' and Nephrologists' Evaluation of Patient-Facing Smartphone Apps for CKD. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2019 Apr 5;14(4):523–9.
Singh, Karandeep, et al. “Patients' and Nephrologists' Evaluation of Patient-Facing Smartphone Apps for CKD.Clin J Am Soc Nephrol, vol. 14, no. 4, Apr. 2019, pp. 523–29. Pubmed, doi:10.2215/CJN.10370818.
Singh K, Diamantidis CJ, Ramani S, Bhavsar NA, Mara P, Warner J, Rodriguez J, Wang T, Wright-Nunes J. Patients' and Nephrologists' Evaluation of Patient-Facing Smartphone Apps for CKD. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2019 Apr 5;14(4):523–529.

Published In

Clin J Am Soc Nephrol

DOI

EISSN

1555-905X

Publication Date

April 5, 2019

Volume

14

Issue

4

Start / End Page

523 / 529

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Urology & Nephrology
  • Smartphone
  • Self Care
  • Renal Insufficiency, Chronic
  • Patient Participation
  • Nephrology
  • Mobile Applications
  • Humans
  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • 4202 Epidemiology