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Name: Guidelines

Publisher: MGP Ltd

Devices:  We tested this app on an iPad

Available from: Apple Store and Google Play.

Price: Free to registered healthcare professionals otherwise it is £9.99

Type of information: Guidelines from organisations such as National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN)

For: Any healthcare professional.

  • Main pros – Collates freely available guidelines into one place, easy to use, note taking functionality and ability to favourite documents, has an in-built search.
  • Main cons – High price for non-healthcare professionals, potential bias as app is sponsored by AstraZeneca, information is readily available elsewhere online.

Guidelines is a handy app that lets you access clinical guidelines written by national organisations such as NICE and SIGN, as well as independent professional bodies and working-party groups. It presents these guidelines in a simple to use app, which provides many of the features familiar to medical app users – the ability to favourite documents, make notes and search for information.

The information is broken up into 14 medical specialities so potentially it is not comprehensive across all topics. Users should also note that the app doesn’t represent all guidelines available and using something such as NICE Evidence Search will turn up a greater number of results for some topics. However, the app provides a nice colour and symbol coded system to highlight the various information sources and types with a key provided.

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Whilst Guidelines is free to registered healthcare professionals, which also appears to include healthcare students, there is a fairly large cost of £9.99 for those who don’t qualify. If you can access this app for free, it is worth a download to see if you might find it useful but £9.99 is a bit too steep for an app that largely collates freely available information from around the web. You can register through their website and these details will allow you to login to the app.

Guidelines app users should also be aware that it is sponsored by AstraZeneca, a pharmaceutical company, so there is a potential for bias within the information selection. Makers of the app clarified the relationship between Guidelines and AstraZeneca in a statement that can be found on the iMedicalApps review here: http://www.imedicalapps.com/2012/09/clinical-guidelines-app/

We would recommend that healthcare practitioners use Guidelines as one of the many information tools in their tool box, but not to rely on it solely.

For more information: read the iMedicalApps review

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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