Unbound Medicine, the team behind many book-to-app conversions we’ve previously review like the 5-Minute Clinical Consult, Harriet Lane Handbook, and Johns Hopkins Antibiotics Guide, has now given us a mobile version of the Johns Hopkins Manual of Gynecology and Obstetrics.
The app has the same features as other Unbound Medicine material including hyperlinks with articles to other topics, easy navigation buttons (home screen, favorites button, etc), as well as indexes when viewed on the iPad (topic heading on the left as well as a drop down article index as shown below).
The content of the app is broken into five parts including women’s health, obstetrics, gynecology, reproductive health, and gynecologic oncology. Within each part are chapters with individual articles or sections. Navigating through the app in this manner, as if reading a book, is easy. I appreciate the format as well as the upfront list of references for each chapter.
The individual articles within each chapter are not too long for point of care referencing but are definitely on the edge.
The search function is fairly robust. When I searched for chlamydia the display includes infections of the lower genital tract (an article on treating chlamydia), infectious disease (an article on chlamydia screening), and treatment of infertility (an article on chlamydia causing infertility). This is a great advantage of the app’s functionality as without the search it might be difficult to access these articles individually via chapter headings as the information is contained within a few different chapters.
How you would use in Clinic
I am about to see a woman who has gestational diabetes and is at her 24 week visit. I first searched the app for prenatal visit guidelines which, strikingly, were missing. While there were sections on the various complications possible prenatally, there was no general section on prenatal visits. Instead I searched through the table of content to the chapter on Endocrine Disorders of Pregnancy and then to the article on Gestational Diabetes. This article had about 5-7 pages worth of information on diet, treatment options, and monitoring. It would have taken me about 10 minutes for a thorough read but I was able to pull out several important learning points from a 3 minute scan of the article. This app is more useful as a general reference rather than at point-of-care.
Evidence based medicine:
Thorough references at the beginning of each chapter including both primary and secondary sources.
- Easy navigation through search or table of contents
- Moderate amount of information that offers both moderate depth reading as well as fairly easy point-of-care reference
- Missing topics- including general prenatal care
- Too expensive for the content but other good general reference apps for OB-GYN are in short supply.
- Overall Score
- User Interface
Rapid access, quick navigation with plenty of tools to assist
- Multimedia Usage
Good balance of images and paragraph style information
Too expensive for the level of content
- Real World Applicability
I still refer to a paper pocket guide and am waiting for a better point-of-care reference to keep on my iPad
- Device Used For Review
iPad with retina display
- Available for DownloadAndroidiPad