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e-Medication using apps

e-Medication met behulp van apps : Gebruik en gebruikerservaringen


The past years many apps for medication use have become available, for health care professionals as well as consumers. Appreciation of these apps is highly dependent on ease-of-use. This is shown in a study by RIVM among people with diabetes and anesthesiologists. Both user groups experience many advantages and few disadvantages. The most experienced advantage is that information is available quickly and up-todate. Health benefits and improved self-reliability are other advantages experienced by people with diabetes using apps. The amount of respondents using apps is highly different among the two groups investigated.

Respondents indicate not to use the apps for medication use when they are time-consuming, when they are inconvenient to use, or when they seem unreliable. Users do not worry much about privacy or quality of the apps.

Among the responding anesthesiologists, apps are used frequently for calculating dosages, choosing anesthetics or checking drug interactions.

Use of apps among responding persons with diabetes is much lower: about one third of the respondents uses apps for regulating blood glucose levels. Respondents not using apps often do not know these apps exist, but are interested in using them. Good instructions and the guarantee that they are reliable are prerequisites. Respondents that do use apps are very positive about the benefits that they have.

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