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Name: Almostadoctor 2

Publisher: almostadoctor

Devices: Currently only available on Apple devices, which run iOS 5.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. We tested this app on an iPad.

Available from: Apple Store.

Price: £2.29

Type of information: Wikipedia style medical articles written by med students and junior doctors. Intended to be used for revision and quick reference.

For: Medical students and junior doctors

  • Main pros – Content available offline, a good range of topics are covered.
  • Main cons – Content based on freely available website,

Almostadoctor2 is a mobile adaption of the almostadoctor website created by Tom Leach. The app uses the website content and curates it into a neat package, which works offline. Its ability to function offline makes it perfect for those on placements or working in hospitals with limited WiFi connectivity, who may want to access the content. As with the website, the app groups its articles into related disciplines and subject areas. Users can select an area of interest to browse, or can use a limited search function to search by article titles. Unfortunately, at this stage, the search functionality does not include the full text of the articles.

As with the website, the articles have been submitted by other medical students and junior doctors and are checked over by an editorial team of qualified doctors. Whilst the content is not peer reviewed, the team state that many of the articles are written using peer reviewed content. However, it is worth noting that at present none of the articles provide links to the resources used to create articles or to any other evidence based medicine resources.

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Regular users of the almostadoctor website should be aware that not all of the website content has made it to the app, with notable absences including the revision elements such as the flashcards and mindmaps. The app could also benefit from interconnecting articles with links to other relevant content as appropriate. Additionally, some articles are fairly lengthy and would benefit users by including a contents section at the top of each article, linking to each sub-section.

Whilst it is one of the pricier apps reviewed on this blog at £2.29, it is still a useful app for those who are already users of the website but want to access the content anywhere, regardless of mobile data allowances or WiFi. For those who are looking to save money, or where WiFi connectivity is not an issue, you may wish to continue accessing the content freely via the website. Especially as the app format adds little in the way of new content.

For more information: read the iMedicalApps review of the previous version of this app. Whilst referring to an older edition of the app, it is still a fair and balanced review with many comments applicable to the current app and its content.

All posts on this blog are subject to the SGUL Library’s guide to mobile resources disclaimer, please take the time to read it carefully.

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