There is so much information on the prevention of chronic disease available both online and in print that it can be difficult for clinicians to stay current and for the public to locate reliable, evidence-based advice. The well-respected College of Family Physicians of Canada hopes to address the problem with the release of Prevention in Hand, a mobile app designed for iPhone and iPad that offers clinical practice guidelines, videos and tools, as well as the organization’s endorsements and recommendations. Patients also have access to lifestyle tools and wellness tips, among other resources.
The professional portion of Prevention in Hand has guidelines on alcohol consumption, allergies, cancer, diabetes, nutrition, pregnancy, infant feeding, mental health disorders, smoking cessation and much more. There are also motivational interviewing videos, an addiction toolkit, and videos on obesity management, Canadian breast cancer screening, prostate cancer prevention, and one that addresses the overuse of preventative tests, entitled “Choosing Wisely and Prevention Through Primary care: Do screening tests lead to better health?”
The section for patients offers tips on alcohol misuse, healthy eating and weight, hypertension, elevated blood sugar and cholesterol, mental wellness, physical activity, and tobacco use. Diseases addressed in the portion of the app include arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
The Prevention in Hand mobile app is a valuable addition to other educational initiatives provided by the College of Family Physicians of Canada, which includes a web site by the same name. Like its app companion, the web site has a search function that allows users to pinpoint specific preventive measures and diseases—in both English and French. The mobile app is available in the Apple store but not Google Play.
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