Purpose of the App Review
1) How is the CME issued? Do I have to take a test?
2) Does the CME cost money or are there any in-app purchases?
3) Is the eTextbook peer reviewed? Can I trust it?
iMedicalApps has long sung the praises of Projects in Knowledge and their Living Medical Textbooks series. Now, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease has a Living Medical Textbook. Like the others, they offer continuing medical education and peer-edited content that is updated constantly. The Living Medical Textbooks were created to help health professionals on the go learn at their own pace.
COPD is a medical app that was produced by Projects in Knowledge but was funded by a grant from Forest Laboratories, Inc.
The app opens to the table of contents. This Living Medical Textbook includes six chapters.
Each chapter is preceded by a pretest. The pretest is not required to receive CME and can be skipped.
- Free CME credit conveniently earned on your phone or tablet
- Excellent, peer-reviewed, up-to-date content
- App is downloaded (not web-based) so users can use the app in areas with little phone coverage or wifi
- Although the app was developed through a grant from Forest Laboratories, it does not seem as though the content in skewed
- The user must complete a 14 question survey at the end of each module (only takes a few minutes, but is an inconvenience)
Healthcare providers that would benefit from the app
- Family Physicians
- Medical Students
- COPD is a free iOS medical app produced by Projects in Knowledge and is part of the Living Medical Textbooks series
- There are six chapters included in the app covering different aspects of COPD
- Each chapter offers an opportunity to get continuing medical education
- To receive CME, the user must take a posttest after going through the chapter
- The app has a CME tracker so that the user knows what they have completed
- The app can also print the certificate of completion so the user can get CME credit
- The content is peer reviewed by pulmonologists, internists and family practitioners
- This app was funded through a grant from Forest Laboratories, Inc.
- This app is currently not available on the Android platform.
Overall: 4.75/5 Stars
User Interface: 5/5 Stars. Simple app. Easy to use. The table of content is easy to navigate. The app even includes a CME tracker and a printing option for CME certificates.
Multimedia Coverage: 4/5 Stars. The eTextbooks include a lot of figures but they do not utilize animations or interactive features. Still, the app is a very effective learning tool.
Price: 5/5 Stars. Free.
Real World Applicability: 5/5 Stars. This app is not only a reference app but also provides CME credit. This app can very likely be used daily.
Compatibility: iPhone, iPad (compatible), iPod Touch (3rd generation and later)
Requires: iOS 4.3 or later
Tested on: iPhone 4S