CDC Contraception app enables physicians to accurately prescribe contraception for patients

Purpose of App Review

  • To review the usability of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Contraception 2010 app for guiding contraception use for complicated patients.

Introduction

Controlling when pregnancy happens is important for many women, but not every form of birth control is right for every woman.

For women who have complicated medical problems, some guidance is needed to choose the safest form of birth control.

In 2010, the CDC published the United States Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive (US MEC).

US MEC is endorsed by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). The guidelines are comprehensive and evidence-based guidance and–as of February 2012–are available as an app.

User Interface

The home page give you access to several important components of the app.

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For those not familiar with the guidelines or app, the introduction–How to use this document and Categories of Medical Eligibility Criteria provide helpful starting points.

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A table displaying the risk of failure for each type of family planning method is also available from the home screen.

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A separate section provides quick access to a list of medical conditions that place a patient at increased risk if she were to become pregnant. This is an important list to have available to reference during family planning counseling.

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The main sections of the app provide guidance on family planning in very important and different views – one from the view of each type of family planning method and the other from the view of individual medical conditions.

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Price

  • Free

Likes

  • Color-coded categories
  • Ability to look at individual medical problems as well each type of family planning
  • Easy navigation within app

Dislikes

  • Does not utilize multimedia interface of iOS platform
  • Inability to search from home page

Healthcare providers that would benefit from the app

  • Healthcare providers prescribing or counseling about family planning

Conclusions

  • The CDC Contraception 2010 app provides an easy-to-navigate guide that allows for ease of navigation to US MEC family planning guidelines. The CDC Contraception 2010 app is available for the iPad and iPhone.

iMedicalApps recommended?

  • Yes

iTunes Link

Rating: 3.5
1. User Interface – 3. Easy to move through app’s sections
2. Multimedia usage – 2.5. Utilizes navigation within various sections of app, but does not use video or split screen.
3. Price – 5.  Free!
4. Real world applicability – 3.5.  Useful for family planning counseling and prescription

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 healthcare provider. It does not provide the definitive statement on the subject addressed. Before using these apps please consult with your own physician or healthcare 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 healthcare provider.

Author:

Kelli Barbour MD

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2 Responses to CDC Contraception app enables physicians to accurately prescribe contraception for patients

  1. josh March 25, 2013 at 7:16 am #

    iPocketcards Contraception app has all that is contained in this app and more.

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