Mobile applications (apps) are increasingly used in the clinical setting. We aimed to describe the attitudes and practices regarding OB/GYN-related mobile apps among OB/GYN residents.
We sent web-based questionnaires to residents at all 17 California OB/GYN programs. Responses were analyzed using descriptive and chi-square statistics.
The survey was completed by 197 residents (response rate 51%). All respondents owned mobile devices (100% smartphone, 74% tablet), and 95% used apps in the clinical setting. The most commonly used OB/GYN-related apps were pregnancy wheels (84%), cervical cancer screening algorithms (68%), and contraceptive eligibility guidelines (47%). Fewer (52%) residents recommended apps to patients, many citing not knowing of any. The majority of residents (62%) used mobile apps for their own learning, most commonly the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists app. Most chose apps based on recommendations from other residents. Residents viewed mobile technology as an important clinical tool (92%) that improves efficiency (89%). Mobile app use was not associated with gender, age, or year in residency (p>0.05 for each).
Mobile technology and OB/GYN-related app use are ubiquitous among California OB/GYN residents, who feel that apps enhance their ability to care for patients. Because residents primarily choose apps based on the recommendation of other residents, leaders in resident education may consider evaluating app content and providing recommendations for app use. There is also opportunity to expand mobile app technology as a learning interface to enhance resident education.