GAINSVILLE, Fla. – Many mobile apps for diabetes management may not be a reliable complement to clinical care, according to a paper published last month in the Diabetes Care online journal by researchers at the University of Gainesville. “Mobile health applications have been found to lack evidence-based support when functionalities and information provided in apps are compared with clinical guidelines for specific disease management,” wrote the researchers. The researchers used the Mobile App Rating Scale to analyze and rank the top free apps for diabetes management. They also looked at the number of diabetes-specific management tasks that the apps included, such as physical activity, nutrition, blood glucose testing, medication and insulin dosage, health feedback, and education. Overall, the apps scored high on aesthetics and engagement but poorly on information and quality, wrote the researchers.
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