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[Medical apps-possibilities for pruritus].
Hautarzt. 2020 Jul; 71(7):528-534.H

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Apps have become part of our daily lives. Apps for pruritus could also play a role in the management of symptoms.

AIM

The aim of this article is to review existing apps for pruritus. In addition, we will discuss whether these apps have been validated and how and which offers might still be lacking.

MATERIALS AND METHODS

The two largest app stores as well as PubMed and Google were searched for apps regarding pruritus. Relevant medical apps were documented and categorized with respect to their functions. PubMed was searched to identify validation studies.

RESULTS

In total 21 apps for pruritus were identified. Of those 12 explicitly focused on pruritus, while 8 included pruritus as a symptom of an underlying disease (especially eczema and urticaria). The following app categories were derived: medical history of chronic pruritus, assessment of pruritus in clinical trials, assessment of nocturnal pruritus, information about pruritus, and diseases with pruritus as a symptom. Three of the apps with explicit focus on pruritus have been scientifically validated.

DISCUSSION

There are different apps for pruritus available. Most apps which explicitly focus on pruritus are aimed at physicians and scientists, while apps for diseases with pruritus as a symptom are more patient-centered. Due to technological advances, apps and wearables could improve management of pruritus in the future.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Klinik und Poliklinik für Dermatologie und Allergologie am Biederstein, Fakultät für Medizin, Technische Universität München, München, Deutschland.Institut für Medizinische Informatik, Medizinische Fakultät, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Münster, Deutschland.Klinik und Poliklinik für Dermatologie und Allergologie am Biederstein, Fakultät für Medizin, Technische Universität München, München, Deutschland. alexander.zink@tum.de.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Review

Language

ger

PubMed ID

32399668

Citation

Schuster, B, et al. "[Medical Apps-possibilities for Pruritus]." Der Hautarzt; Zeitschrift Fur Dermatologie, Venerologie, Und Verwandte Gebiete, vol. 71, no. 7, 2020, pp. 528-534.
Schuster B, Dugas M, Zink A. [Medical apps-possibilities for pruritus]. Hautarzt. 2020;71(7):528-534.
Schuster, B., Dugas, M., & Zink, A. (2020). [Medical apps-possibilities for pruritus]. Der Hautarzt; Zeitschrift Fur Dermatologie, Venerologie, Und Verwandte Gebiete, 71(7), 528-534. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00105-020-04603-5
Schuster B, Dugas M, Zink A. [Medical Apps-possibilities for Pruritus]. Hautarzt. 2020;71(7):528-534. PubMed PMID: 32399668.
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TY - JOUR T1 - [Medical apps-possibilities for pruritus]. AU - Schuster,B, AU - Dugas,M, AU - Zink,A, PY - 2020/5/14/pubmed PY - 2020/7/2/medline PY - 2020/5/14/entrez KW - Digital medicine KW - Digitalization KW - Itch KW - Mobile application KW - Wearables SP - 528 EP - 534 JF - Der Hautarzt; Zeitschrift fur Dermatologie, Venerologie, und verwandte Gebiete JO - Hautarzt VL - 71 IS - 7 N2 - BACKGROUND: Apps have become part of our daily lives. Apps for pruritus could also play a role in the management of symptoms. AIM: The aim of this article is to review existing apps for pruritus. In addition, we will discuss whether these apps have been validated and how and which offers might still be lacking. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The two largest app stores as well as PubMed and Google were searched for apps regarding pruritus. Relevant medical apps were documented and categorized with respect to their functions. PubMed was searched to identify validation studies. RESULTS: In total 21 apps for pruritus were identified. Of those 12 explicitly focused on pruritus, while 8 included pruritus as a symptom of an underlying disease (especially eczema and urticaria). The following app categories were derived: medical history of chronic pruritus, assessment of pruritus in clinical trials, assessment of nocturnal pruritus, information about pruritus, and diseases with pruritus as a symptom. Three of the apps with explicit focus on pruritus have been scientifically validated. DISCUSSION: There are different apps for pruritus available. Most apps which explicitly focus on pruritus are aimed at physicians and scientists, while apps for diseases with pruritus as a symptom are more patient-centered. Due to technological advances, apps and wearables could improve management of pruritus in the future. SN - 1432-1173 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/32399668/[Medical_apps-possibilities_for_pruritus] L2 - https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00105-020-04603-5 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -
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