Medical Mobile Applications for Stroke Survivors and Caregivers

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Authors

  • The Mobile Applications for Stroke (MAPPS) Investigators

External Institution(s)

  • SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University
  • College of Medicine
  • City University of New York
  • Kings County Hospital Center

Details

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number104318
JournalJournal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases
Volume28
Issue number11
StatusPublished - Nov 2019
Peer-reviewedYes

Abstract

Background: Recent studies estimate nearly half of the US population can access mobile medical applications (apps) on their smartphones. The are no systematic data available on apps focused on stroke survivors/caregivers. Objective: To identify apps (a) designed for stroke survivors/caregivers, (b) dealing with a modifiable stroke risk factor (SRF), or (c) were developed for other purposes but could potentially be used by stroke survivors/caregivers. Methods: A systematic review of the medical apps in the US Apple iTunes store was conducted between August 2013 and January 2016 using 18 predefined inclusion/exclusion criteria. SRFs considered were: diabetes, hypertension, smoking, obesity, atrial fibrillation, and dyslipidemia. Results: Out of 30,132 medical apps available, 843 (2.7%) eligible apps were identified. Of these apps, (n = 74, 8.7%) apps were specifically designed for stroke survivors/caregivers use and provided the following services: language/speech therapy (n = 28, 37%), communication with aphasic patients (n = 19, 25%), stroke risk calculation (n = 11, 14%), assistance in spotting an acute stroke (n = 8, 10%), detection of atrial fibrillation (n = 3, 4%), direction to nearby emergency room (n = 3, 4%), physical rehabilitation (n = 3, 4%), direction to the nearest certified stroke center (n = 1, < 2%), and visual attention therapy (n = 1, <2%). 769 apps identified that were developed for purposes other than stroke. Of these, the majority (n = 526, 68%) addressed SRFs. Conclusions: Over 70 medical apps exist to specifically support stroke survivors/caregivers and primarily targeted language and communication difficulties. Apps encompassing most stroke survivor/caregiver needs could be developed and tested to ensure the issues faced by these populations are being adequately addressed.

    Research areas

  • Stroke, caregiver, cerebrovascular disease, mobile applications, recovery

Citation formats

APA

The Mobile Applications for Stroke (MAPPS) Investigators (2019). Medical Mobile Applications for Stroke Survivors and Caregivers. Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases, 28(11), [104318]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jstrokecerebrovasdis.2019.104318

Harvard

The Mobile Applications for Stroke (MAPPS) Investigators 2019, 'Medical Mobile Applications for Stroke Survivors and Caregivers', Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases, vol. 28, no. 11, 104318. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jstrokecerebrovasdis.2019.104318