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Smartphone apps for orthopaedic sports medicine – a smart move?

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation, January 2015
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Title
Smartphone apps for orthopaedic sports medicine – a smart move?
Published in
BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation, January 2015
DOI 10.1186/s13102-015-0017-6
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Authors

Wong, Seng Juong, Robertson, Greg A, Connor, Katie L, Brady, Richard R, Wood, Alexander M, Seng Juong Wong, Greg A. Robertson, Katie L. Connor, Richard R. Brady, Alexander M. Wood

Abstract

With the advent of smartphones together with their downloadable applications (apps), there is increasing opportunities for doctors, including orthopaedic sports surgeons, to integrate such technology into clinical practice. However, the clinical reliability of these medical apps remains questionable. We reviewed available apps themed specifically towards Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and related conditions and assessed the level of medical professional involvement in their design and content, along with a review of these apps. The most popular smartphone app stores (Android, Apple, Blackberry, Windows, Samsung, Nokia) were searched for Orthopaedic Sports medicine themed apps, using the search terms; Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, Orthopaedics, Sports medicine, Knee Injury, Shoulder Injury, Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tear, Medial Collateral Ligament Tear, Rotator Cuff Tear, Meniscal Tear, Tennis Elbow. All English language apps related to orthopaedic sports medicine were included. A total of 76 individual Orthopaedic Sports Medicine themed apps were identified. According to app store classifications, there were 45 (59 %) medical themed apps, 28 (37 %) health and fitness themed apps, 1 (1 %) business app, 1 (1 %) reference app and 1 (1 %) sports app. Forty-nine (64 %) apps were available for download free of charge. For those that charged access, the prices ranged from £0.69 to £69.99. Only 51 % of sports medicine apps had customer satisfaction ratings and 39 % had named medical professional involvement in their development or content. We found the majority of Orthopaedic Sports Medicine apps had no named medical professional involvement, raising concerns over their content and evidence-base. We recommend increased regulation of such apps to improve the accountability of app content.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Malaysia 1 1%
United States 1 1%
Argentina 1 1%
Unknown 70 96%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 14 19%
Student > Master 11 15%
Researcher 9 12%
Student > Ph. D. Student 8 11%
Professor > Associate Professor 7 10%
Other 17 23%
Unknown 7 10%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 34 47%
Sports and Recreations 8 11%
Nursing and Health Professions 6 8%
Computer Science 4 5%
Engineering 3 4%
Other 9 12%
Unknown 9 12%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 8. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 15 July 2016.
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#1,804,171
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Outputs from BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation
#64
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#47,119
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Outputs of similar age from BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation
#5
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