Pain Guide App helps with pain management, but has a painful user interface

Purpose of App Review

To evaluate Pain Guide app’s utility in pain management.

Introduction

Pain is a common reason patients present for medical care.

Because pain of different types can originate from multiple etiologies, management can be as much an art as it is a science.

Pain Guide: Pain Management Quick Reference is a universal iOS app designed to help healthcare providers in this undertaking.

 

 

User Interface

Pain Guide’s content is quite broad, covering topics from different types of analgesics, to techniques used in pain management. The user interface consists of a number of options that lead to a set of notes covering a number of topics.


Unfortunately, the notes are very plain. Different sections are only separated by dotted lines, and there is no way to search for or jump quickly between topics, which makes navigation a bit cumbersome. The content is fairly broad, covering a wide variety of topics related to pain management. The app is thankfully optimized for both iPhone 5 and iPad displays.


Pain Guide provides useful information, but unfortunately has a very dated user interface. It feels very much like a set of notes that was split into sections and put back together into an app. It would benefit greatly from the addition of multimedia and easier ways of searching for information. This difficulty in navigating information limits its utility as a point-of-care tool; it may be better utilized instead as study material.

Likes

  • Covers a wide range of topics related to pain management

Dislikes

  • Difficult to search for information with the dated user interface

Price

  • Free

Healthcare providers that would benefit from the app

  • Any physician, resident or medical student

Conclusions

  • Pain Guide covers a large number of topics, but is hampered by its dated user interface.

iMedicalApps recommended?

  • No

Rating: (1 to 5 stars) 2.75 stars
User Interface: 2 – Difficult to navigate
Multimedia usage: 1 – Purely text driven
Price: 5 – Free
Real world applicability: 3 – Contains useful material

Disclaimer:
This post does not establish, nor is it intended to establish, a patient physician relationship with anyone. It does not substitute for professional advice, and does not substitute for an in-person evaluation with your health care provider. It does not provide the definitive statement on the subject addressed. Before using these apps please consult with your own physician or health care provider as to the apps validity and accuracy as this post is not intended to affirm the validity or accuracy of the apps in question. The app(s) mentioned in this post should not be used without discussing the app first with your health care provider.

Author:

Darwin Wan

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One Response to Pain Guide App helps with pain management, but has a painful user interface

  1. GV December 21, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

    A link to the download site for reviewed apps would be much appreciated by this regular iMedicalApps reader.

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