Review of AAOS AUC web app for iPhone, iPad, and Android

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Evidence-based practice is becoming an important aspect of modern healthcare. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) is leading the way in implementing evidence-based orthopaedic practices. The AAOS Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) app is a web-based app for mobile devices that helps direct the treatment of common orthopaedic problems.

The AAOS organizes expert panels of orthopaedic leaders to review numerous publications related to a specific topic. After detailed review and analysis, they compile the information to create recommendations utilizing evidence-based reported data. The app currently has modules for pediatric supracondylar fractures, full-thickness rotator cuff tears, distal radius fractures, and non-arthroplasty treatments for knee osteoarthritis.

User Interface

Disclaimer

The mobile app opens with a disclaimer for physician users that must be accepted before proceeding with the app content. The user selects the topic of interest.

Indications

This takes the physician to a list page that the user must complete. There are convenient informational blurbs that provide additional help in selecting content. These tips are represented by this symbol: (?).

Review

Once the user has entered the information, the app displays the resulting recommending treatment options based on the criteria entered.

Evidence table

The user is then taken to the evidence table which lists the impressive and comprehensive literature reviewed by the AUC panels for the app.

Filter

The articles listed in the table can be filtered by many different variables including, but not limited to, the number of participants, patient age, follow-up time, and outcome measure.

PubMed

If the user is interested in reading the article, the app links to the PubMed abstract for further information.

This app has a phenomenal amount of information and is well organized. The design, however, has some troubles presenting all of the content easily on a mobile device, particularly with the evidence tables. Similarly, this can seem like a lot of information to go through during a clinic setting. I find the app most useful for reviewing and preparing cases that I know are coming up in the near future.

  • Price
    • Free
    • Easy to use interface.
    • Accurate, well-researched, and high-yield information.
    • Great information and delivers well on its intended purpose.
  • Dislikes
    • Web-based app — it would be beneficial to also have an independent app for mobile devices.
    • Limited number of AUC topics (more are in development).
    • Evidence table could display better for mobile devices.
  • Overall

    This is an impressive app utilizing scientific research to help direct patient care.

  • Overall Score
  • User Interface

    Web-App is well organized.

  • Multimedia Usage

    Good use of input features and links. The Evidence Table does not present well on mobile devices.

  • Price

    The app is free.

  • Real World Applicability

    This app can be extremely useful to medical professionals performing these select cases.

  • Device Used For Review

    iPhone 5

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