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Development of a Mobile App for Family Planning Providers

Halsall, Viannella MPH, CHES; Rogers, Jennifer MPH; Witt, Jacki JD, MSN, WHNP-BC, FAANP; Song, Sejun PhD, MS; Nguyen, Hoang Duc Huy; Kelly, Patricia PhD, MPH, APRN

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing: September/October 2017 - Volume 42 - Issue 5 - p 263–268
doi: 10.1097/NMC.0000000000000354
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Purpose: To provide an overview of lessons learned during the development process of an app for iOS and Android based on national recommendations for providing quality family planning services.

Study and Design: After a review of existing apps was conducted to determine whether an app of clinical recommendations for family planning existed, a team of clinicians, training specialists, and app developers created a resource app by first drafting a comprehensive content map. A prototype of the app was then pilot tested using smart tablets by a volunteer convenience sample of women's healthcare professionals. Outcomes measured included usability, acceptability, download analytics, and satisfaction by clinicians as reported through an investigator-developed tool.

Results: Sixty-nine professionals tested a prototype of the app, and completed a user satisfaction tool. Overall, user feedback was positive, and a zoom function was added to the final version as a result of the pilot test. Within 3 months of being publicly available, the app was downloaded 677 times, with 97% of downloads occurring on smart phones, 76% downloads occurring on iOS devices, and 24% on Android devices. This trend persisted throughout the following 3 months.

Clinical Implications: Clinicians with an interest in developing an app should consider a team approach to development, pilot test the app prior to wider distribution, and develop a web-based version of the app to be used by clinicians who are unable to access smart devices in their practice setting.

A mobile app for family planning providers was developed and tested. Based on experiences of the development team, clinicians with an interest in developing an app should consider a collaborative approach to development, pilot test the app prior to wider distribution, and develop a web-based version of the app to be used by clinicians who are unable to access smart devices in their practice setting.

Viannella Halsall is a Research Associate, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies, Kansas City, MO. The author can be reached via e-mail at halsallv@umkc.edu

Jennifer Rogers is Project Director, Altarum Institute, Rockville, MD.

Jacki Witt is a Clinical Professor, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies, Kansas City, MO.

Sejun Song is an Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO.

Hoang Duc Huy Nguyen is a Student Intern, Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO.

Patricia Kelly is a Professor, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies, Kansas City, MO.

Jacki Witt is a consultant for Bayer Pharmaceuticals and Watson Actavis Pharmaceuticals, and is on the advisory panel for Afaxys.

The other authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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