September/October 2017 - Volume 42 - Issue 5 - Contributor Index

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Development of a Mobile App for Family Planning Providers

Halsall, Viannella; Rogers, Jennifer; Witt, Jacki; More

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 42(5):263-268, September/October 2017.

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.

Parent Education is Changing: A Review of Smartphone Apps

Davis, Deborah Winders; Logsdon, M. Cynthia; Vogt, Krista; More

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 42(5):248-256, September/October 2017.

A critique of 46 parenting apps available in a commonly used online app store is presented using established criteria and health literacy guidelines. Many of the apps do not offer details of the source of their information and there was limited functionality, with none providing a customized experience. Mobile health solutions require rigorous research before nurses can recommend them as valid and reliable avenues for parent education.