Introduction: Mobile health applications (MHAs) represent an interesting issue to assist and improve the quality of life of patients affected by Kidney Stone Disease (KSD). Despite this, their scientific quality and adherence to guidelines are not yet addressed. Material and methods: On 2 November 2022, we conducted an observational cross-sectional descriptive study of all MHAs on KSD. A search in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store was performed. We reviewed all mobile apps from Apple App Store and Google Play Store for KSD and evaluated their usage in screening, prevention, management, and adherence to EAU guidelines. Results: In total 13 MHA were included in the final analysis. All MHAs, 4 (30.8%) from the Apple App Store and 9 (69.2%) from the Google Play Store are geared towards the patient. Engagement ranged from 1.73 to 4.06; Functionality ranged from 3.17 to 4.75; Aesthetics ranged from 1.9 to 4.12; Information ranged from 2.25 to 4.27, and Subjective quality ranged from 1.58 to 3.23. MHAs reported low and medium adherence to EAU guidelines. Conclusions: MHAs provide a very useful assistance in several medical fields, including KSD. Despite MHAs development is constantly increasing, the scientific validation, content, and quality are not yet solved. Future research is necessary to improve the quality of the apps and promote new user designed, and high-quality apps.

Mobile health applications in kidney stone disease management: A reliable support for patients? / Cirillo, Luigi; Manfredi, Celeste; Barone, Biagio; Morgera, Vincenzo; Cacace, Gianluigi; Mastrangelo, Francesco; Di Bello, Francesco; Abate, Marco; Arcaniolo, Davide; Spirito, Lorenzo; Crocetto, Felice; La Rocca, Roberto; Creta, Massimiliano; Calace, Francesco Paolo; Fusco, Giovanni Maria; Napolitano, Luigi. - In: ARCHIVIO ITALIANO DI UROLOGIA ANDROLOGIA. - ISSN 2282-4197. - 95:1(2023). [10.4081/aiua.2023.11076]

Mobile health applications in kidney stone disease management: A reliable support for patients?

Cirillo, Luigi;Barone, Biagio;Morgera, Vincenzo;Cacace, Gianluigi;Mastrangelo, Francesco;Di Bello, Francesco;Abate, Marco;Arcaniolo, Davide;Spirito, Lorenzo;Crocetto, Felice;La Rocca, Roberto;Creta, Massimiliano;Calace, Francesco Paolo;Fusco, Giovanni Maria;
2023

Abstract

Introduction: Mobile health applications (MHAs) represent an interesting issue to assist and improve the quality of life of patients affected by Kidney Stone Disease (KSD). Despite this, their scientific quality and adherence to guidelines are not yet addressed. Material and methods: On 2 November 2022, we conducted an observational cross-sectional descriptive study of all MHAs on KSD. A search in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store was performed. We reviewed all mobile apps from Apple App Store and Google Play Store for KSD and evaluated their usage in screening, prevention, management, and adherence to EAU guidelines. Results: In total 13 MHA were included in the final analysis. All MHAs, 4 (30.8%) from the Apple App Store and 9 (69.2%) from the Google Play Store are geared towards the patient. Engagement ranged from 1.73 to 4.06; Functionality ranged from 3.17 to 4.75; Aesthetics ranged from 1.9 to 4.12; Information ranged from 2.25 to 4.27, and Subjective quality ranged from 1.58 to 3.23. MHAs reported low and medium adherence to EAU guidelines. Conclusions: MHAs provide a very useful assistance in several medical fields, including KSD. Despite MHAs development is constantly increasing, the scientific validation, content, and quality are not yet solved. Future research is necessary to improve the quality of the apps and promote new user designed, and high-quality apps.
2023
Mobile health applications in kidney stone disease management: A reliable support for patients? / Cirillo, Luigi; Manfredi, Celeste; Barone, Biagio; Morgera, Vincenzo; Cacace, Gianluigi; Mastrangelo, Francesco; Di Bello, Francesco; Abate, Marco; Arcaniolo, Davide; Spirito, Lorenzo; Crocetto, Felice; La Rocca, Roberto; Creta, Massimiliano; Calace, Francesco Paolo; Fusco, Giovanni Maria; Napolitano, Luigi. - In: ARCHIVIO ITALIANO DI UROLOGIA ANDROLOGIA. - ISSN 2282-4197. - 95:1(2023). [10.4081/aiua.2023.11076]
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