Evaluation of smartphone oral contraceptive reminder applications

Noga Gal, Nikki Zite, Lorraine S. Wallace

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Background: Oral contraceptives (OCs) are the most widely used contraceptive method among women of reproductive age in the United States (US). Routine download and use of health-related smartphone applications (apps) continues to increase. Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the utility of English-language, smartphone-platform OC reminder apps currently available for download in the US. Methods: During June-July 2013, official Internet-based, mobile app platforms for the two major smartphone operating systems in the US-Android (Google Play Store) and iPhone (iTunes)-were searched. "Birth control," "the pill," and "contraception" were entered into the search-bar of each Smartphone store. Apps were assessed for the following: cost, health care professionals' involvement in app development, reminder mechanisms, and functionality. Results: Of the 39 unique OC reminder apps meeting inclusion criteria, 7 (18%) did not operate as intended when downloaded. Most apps functioned without an Internet connection (97%) and included pop-up notifications (84%). Conclusions: Certain app features overcome common causes of missing an alarm, and hypothetically, may minimize likelihood of an OC user missing a daily pill. Health care providers should inform users of potential pitfalls and advise them that an OC reminder app should be not be used as a sole reminder method.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)584-587
Number of pages4
JournalResearch in Social and Administrative Pharmacy
Volume11
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015

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Evaluation of smartphone oral contraceptive reminder applications. / Gal, Noga; Zite, Nikki; Wallace, Lorraine S.

In: Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, Vol. 11, No. 4, 01.07.2015, p. 584-587.

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