Purpose of App Review
- To evaluate the BMJ Best Practice app as a point of care tool for clinicians on-the-go.
The British Medical Journal (BMJ) Best Practice online tool now comes with an app version with comparable content and information – BMJ Best Practice. The app allows the user to either login and access content with a personal BMJ Best Practice subscription or an institutional subscription (if one is available).
After logging in, users will see all of the topics in an easy to view list as well as the 5 topics that the app provides free of charge for those users that do not have a subscription to BMJ Best Practice. The app contains information in various formats including expert opinions, guidelines, and information about various diagnoses and tests.
Aside from the simple alphabetical lists of subscription bundles and topics, the really enhanced usability features appear once a user chooses a topic to peruse. They are presented with five icons at the bottom of the screen which allow for the following (in order from left to right):
- tagging and bookmarking sections
- managing bookmarks
- adding notes to a section or topic
- managing notes
- keyword search function
Another feature of the BMJ Best Practice interface, that is not all that intuitive, is the swipe to read more function. When reading a topic, users can swipe their finger to the right or left to jump to different section of the topic. This is not apparent when initially choosing a topic and I stumbled upon it by accidentally swiping my finger across the screen. Alternatively, there is an icon in the upper right corner which allows users to view the table of contents of a topic to navigate between sections.
- Free 5 topics with no subscription
- Full access with personal or institutional subscription
- Five free topics as a trial or test period in the event that users do not have a personal or institutional subscription
- Understandable icons at the bottom of the screen to tag, bookmark, and annotate a section of a topic
- Information comes from a reputable resource
- The sleek and clean design of the app interface
- The swipe to read more function is not apparent and some users may not even know it exists
- The BMJ Best Practice app is a nice mobile equivalent to the web version for on-the-go and clinical decision support
- In-depth information available on many topics with relatively easy navigation between sections (table of contents feature)
Device used for review–Samsung Galaxy S3
Rating: (1 to 5 stars) – 4.5
- User Interface – 4 (intuitive and seamless interface design, certain functions not apparent)
- Multimedia usage – 4 (no sharing capabilities available; this is probably due to the fact that the information is licensed)
- Price – 5 (no fee to download and use; institutional access or personal login for subscribers available for access to all content)
- Real world applicability – 5 (can be used daily by physicians and practitioners in the clinical setting)
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.