Diabetes applications for Arabic speakers: A critical review of available apps for android and IOS operated smartphones

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Abstract

Today, 415 million adults have diabetes; more than 35 million of diabetic adults live in the Middle East and North Africa region. Smartphone penetration in the region is high and applications, or apps, for diabetics have shown promising results in recent years. This study took place between September and December 2015 and reviewed all currently available smartphone diabetes apps for Arabic speakers in both the Apple App and Google Play stores. There were only few diabetes apps for Arabic speakers; only eighteen apps were discovered and considered for this study. Most apps were informational. Only three apps offered utilities such as glucose reading conversion. The apps had issues related to information quality and adherence to latest evidence-based medical advice. There is a need for more evidence-based Arabic diabetes apps with improved functionality. Future research of Arabic diabetes apps should also focus on the involvement and engagement of the patients in the design of these apps.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNursing Informatics 2016 - eHealth for All
Subtitle of host publicationEvery Level Collaboration - From Project to Realization
EditorsWalter Sermeus, Patrick Weber, Paula M. Procter
Pages587-591
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781614996576
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
Event13th International Conference on Nursing Informatics, NI 2016 - Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: 25 Jun 201629 Jun 2016

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Volume225
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365

Conference

Conference13th International Conference on Nursing Informatics, NI 2016
CountrySwitzerland
CityGeneva
Period25/06/1629/06/16

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Keywords

  • Apps
  • Arabic
  • Diabetes
  • Health informatics
  • Healthcare applications
  • Mhealth
  • Mobile devices

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Alhuwail, D. (2016). Diabetes applications for Arabic speakers: A critical review of available apps for android and IOS operated smartphones. In W. Sermeus, P. Weber, & P. M. Procter (Eds.), Nursing Informatics 2016 - eHealth for All: Every Level Collaboration - From Project to Realization (pp. 587-591). (Studies in Health Technology and Informatics; Vol. 225). https://doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-658-3-587