Purpose of App Review
Highlighting a mobile app that searches the ClinicalTrials.gov database.
The app can be searched by country with basic and advanced options available. cTrials can be used as both a research tool and clinical resource at the point of care. The app is also updated regularly, providing users with international clinical trials added to the databases within the past 14 to 60 days.
In this respect, cTrials can also be viewed as a current awareness tool for clinicians and researchers.
cTrials advertises the ability for users to save trials as favorites and to share trial information via email, though there is no feature that accomplishes this in the app. This lack of functionality should be corrected in the description on the Google Play link.
cTrials employs an easy to use design with seamless functionality and an intuitive understanding of how the app works. After running a search, the list of results is adequate but could be a little more aesthetically pleasing. When on a record of a trial, though, the view completely changes and is much easier to read and take in, with sections being compartmentalized and separated in an intuitive manner.
Users can also jump from one section of a trial to another without having to scroll through lengthy descriptions. This saves the user both time and effort and makes using the cTrials app a pleasant experience. Some trial descriptions also provide the user with links to the investigators’ other clinical trials, both closed and open for recruitment.
The color-coding of trial status in the results list is another handy feature that cTrials offers. Note, there is some overlap in color designation for different status types.
Here are the statuses listed and appropriate colors associated with them:
- Open – Recruiting (dark green)
- Closed – Active, note recruiting (light green)
- Closed – Completed (red)
- Closed – Not yet recruited (light green)
- Closed – Suspended (light green)
- Content organization, interface design, and functionality
- Jumping from section to section within a record
- Most recently added medical trials links on the homescreen
- Inability to save, share, or mark records as favorites
- A useful and accurate current awareness tool
- Can quickly find an open and recruiting clinical trial
- Searches global and domestic clinical trial information
Rating: (1 to 5 stars) – 4.38
- User Interface – 4.5
- Multimedia usage – 4 (No need for multimedia use)
- Price – 5
- Real world applicability – 4
Phone used for review: Samsung Fascinate (Galaxy S phone)
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.