Discussions about, and prescriptions for, contraception are one of the most common reasons women visit their doctors. From preconception counseling to prescribing oral contraceptives to intrauterine device (IUD) insertion to consults for sterility procedures, not a day goes by in my practice that I don’t perform one of the above interventions for my patients. Providers are always looking for good point-of-care resources for contraception information. My previous go-to sources included the excellent pocketbook called Managing Contraception (not available as an app) and the CDC’s Contraception 2016. The problem with both of my favorites is that they both are very text heavy and simply not that easy to use at the point-of-care. Frequently, I am looking for contraception “pearls” such as when I can start a method, switch methods, contraindications to methods or troubleshooting a particular method.
Dr Joshua Steinberg comes to the rescue again! This time he teamed up with Dr Katherine Holmes from the Reproductive Health Access Project (RHAP) to create a quick reference app for students, residents and faculty in primary care. Over the past 18 months, he has released many apps that I have reviewed here on iMedicalApps including PneumoVaccines, Depo Calendar, OB Wheels, Gout Diagnosis, Health Maintenance Visits and Step-by-Step Febrile Infant. Other useful point of care apps by Dr Steinberg include PreopEval14, PFT Eval, EFM Guide, PE & DVT Dx Tool, and my favorite, Pneumonia Guide.
You are a new intern starting your month-long rotation in the OB/GYN clinic. You are surprised to see how many “well-woman exams/annual visits” are on your schedule today. Your attending makes it clear to you that contraception surveillance, and discussion of contraception options, are critical for many of these visits. Your first patient wants to know if she can start depo today; her last menstrual period was 6 days ago. Your next patient wants to switch from the contraceptive patch to the pill. Your third patient wants to know if she can take the pill despite her prior pulmonary embolism. How will you counsel these patients? The Contraceptive app will help you with these decisions! Let’s take a look at the medical app in action.
Video Review of Contraceptive Point of Care medical app:
Evidence based medicine
Dr Steinberg’s Contraception app contains evidence and expert opinion from the Reproductive Health Access Project (RHAP), CDC, and FDA. Each section is referenced and the medical app contains a dedicated references section that includes hyperlinks. The medical app provides the information in an easy-to-use interface that can be used at the point-of-care.
What providers would benefit from the Contraceptive Point of Care medical app?
Students, residents, mid-levels, Family Medicine, Ob/Gyn, Emergency Medicine, and any provider who prescribes contraception.
Disclaimer: The views expressed are those of the author(s) and do not reflect the official policy of the Department of the Army, the Department of Defense or the U.S. Government.
- App covers a wide variety of topics from contraception eligibility to switching methods.
- Well-referenced with hyperlinks to PubMed or appropriate sites.
- Available for Android.
- Some charts and tables can be difficult to read on smaller devices.
- So many topics included makes it difficult to know where to start with the app.
- Could benefit from better instructions or a how-to video.
Dr Steinberg’s new Contraception app is now the go-to app for contraception, supplanting the CDC contraception app, for utility and ease of use. This is also the first of his apps to be made available for both iOS and Android.
- Overall Score
- User Interface
Improved interface compared to prior apps by the author, but most importantly remains basic and easy to use.
- Multimedia Usage
Contains links for all references and multiple quality graphics for algorithms.
App is free!
- Real World Applicability
A must have app for students, residents, primary care, OB/GYN and emergency physicians or anyone who prescribes contraception. This app will make the process of counseling and prescribing contraception simpler and safer for your patients.
- Device Used For Review
iPhone 6S running iOS 10.3.1
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