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Availability of orthodontic smartphone apps

Siddiqui, N; Hodges, S; Sharif, M; (2019) Availability of orthodontic smartphone apps. Journal of Orthodontics , 46 (3) pp. 235-241. 10.1177/1465312519851183. Green open access

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Abstract

Objective To identify the availability and to profile orthodontic smartphone apps published on the UK Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Design Cross-sectional study. Setting This study was carried out in London, U.K. Methods The Apple App Store and Google Play Store were accessed in October 2018, all orthodontic apps with a title and description available in English were included. Each app was classified according to the following criteria: name, target audience (patient or clinician), focus, platform (Apple App Store and/or Google Play Store), cost, rating and number of ratings, size, creation date, country of development and developer. Results Three hundred and five orthodontic related apps were identified for inclusion. The majority of apps were aimed at patients (n=241) and the most common focus of the apps were games (n=136), apps developed by specialist practices (n=63) and knowledge for patients (n=56). Two hundred and ninety-five apps were free, with some of these including the option of paying for in-app purchases. Most apps were developed in the U.S.A (n=84). Conclusions There has been an increase in the availability of orthodontic apps in recent years. The majority of available apps are patient focused and games for patients. A number of apps aim to elicit a behaviour change in our patients and there is therefore a need to assess the quality and educational content of these.

Type: Article
Title: Availability of orthodontic smartphone apps
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/1465312519851183
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/1465312519851183
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: App, mobile phone, smartphone, orthodontics.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Eastman Dental Institute
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Eastman Dental Institute > EDI Craniofacial and Development Sci
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10073794
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