Review Article

Evaluation of M-Health Applications Use in Epilepsy: A Systematic Review

Abstract

Background: Epilepsy is a neurological disorder characterized by seizures and recurrent attacks. Self-management leads to seizure control and maximizes the quality of life in epileptic patients. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the quality of applications available in the epileptic google play store based on the rating features of MARS (Mobile Applications Rating Scale).

Methods: The search was conducted systematically using the keywords "epilepsy", "seizure", "mobile health" at the Android google play store. Data were extracted and analyzed from Feb 2018 to Apr 2019.

Results: Accordingly, 45 apps were identified potentially relevant of which 20 met inclusion criteria. Twenty-five apps were excluded because they were unrelated to epilepsy self-management, or not Development for people with epilepsy, not in English language or were not free and available. The total mean MARS score was 3.21 out of 5, and more than half of apps (17, 85%) had a minimum acceptability score of 3.0. The mean of apps’ items were 3.27 in Engagement, 3.96 in function, 3.30 in Aesthetics, 2.96 in Information and 2.73 in subjective quality items.

Conclusion: Few apps meet prespecified criteria for quality, content, and functionality for epilepsy self-management. Despite the rapid evolution of self-management apps, lack of validation studies is a significant concern that limits the clinical value of these apps. Moreover, having a guideline and benchmarking in the field of mobile application development, in epilepsy management, can help analyze the content of established applications.

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Published2021-02-26
DOI https://doi.org/10.18502/ijph.v50i3.5586
Keywords
Mobile application M-health Epilepsy Seizure Evaluation Mobile application rating scale

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MOHAMMADZADEH N, KHENARINEZHAD S, GHAZANFARISAVADKOOHI E, SAFARI MS, PAHLEVANYNEJAD S. Evaluation of M-Health Applications Use in Epilepsy: A Systematic Review. Iran J Public Health. 50(3):459-469.