Should you encourage patients to use health apps?

Australian research suggests few of them actually work

There is little evidence that health apps for managing chronic conditions do what they say they do, according to the results of an Australian study.

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Four Bond University academics conducted an overview of systematic reviews to identify “prescribable”, standalone health apps suitable for use in a primary care setting.

Only 22 apps fit this description, but the reviewers caution that the risk of bias in the randomised controlled trials analysed was high and the overall quality of the evidence of effectiveness was very low.

Of the 23 randomised

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