Development of a Mobile App for Family Planning Providers : MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing

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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

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MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing 42(5):p 263-268, September/October 2017. | DOI: 10.1097/NMC.0000000000000354


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.


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.

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