Clinical practice guidelines are an essential part of quality medical practice and evidence-based medicine with a purpose to improve the quality of healthcare, as well as cost efficiency.
Physicians, clinicians, and other healthcare professionals are expected to use the clinical practice guidelines to help guide medical decision making.
However, many medical providers don't apply these guidelines to their own individual practice mainly because of their busy schedule.
Solution to this problem is making the clinical guidelines available for providers at the fingertips. There are many mobile apps on the market designed to bring clinical practice guidelines to providers' smartphones and tablets.
Here, we listed some of the most popular apps that help you stay updated with current clinical guidelines.
Guideline Central app brings more than 2,600 clinical practice guidelines to medical providers they could access instantly on their mobile devices.
The guidelines are indexed by organization, profession, specialty, and categories from more than 30 well-known medical associations, including American Heart Association, The Endocrine Society, American Diabetes Association, and more.
Most of the guidelines cost between $5.99 and $8.99, but some are also available for free (MEDLINE/PubMed journal citations and abstracts).
Information in the guidelines is provided in a concise manner, emphasizing the key points with bullets and tables, making it easy to follow and comprehend. All information is evidence-based and well-referenced.
The app also includes 100+ Clinical Calculators, the database of commonly used medications, as well as other useful features.
Guideline Central app is available for free on Android and iOS.
The American College of Physicians (ACP) is a national organization of internal medicine physicians.
ACP produces evidence-based clinical practice guidelines, providing the latest clinical recommendations to internal medicine physicians and other healthcare professionals.
By using the ACP's official app, the users can conveniently access clinical recommendations and rationale, summary tables, algorithms, and high value care advice for all currently active ACP guidelines in an easy to read and interactive mobile format, which help them apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and patient care.
ACP Clinical Guidelines app is available on iOS and Android for free.
NICE (The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) was established almost 20 years ago with a purpose of publishing evidence-based clinical recommendations on a wide range of topics, from preventing and managing specific medical conditions to better planning in order to improve the health of communities in the UK.
NICE made these guidelines available on their website, different publications and journal articles, as well as a free mobile app for Android and iOS, as well as for Windows 8 devices.
The app allows medical workers and students to quickly and easily access more than 760 topics and guidelines, as well as thousands of individual chapters.
The app was made for UK medical workers, however, clinicians, nurses, and medical students worldwide may find it useful as a pocket guideline tool.
ACC Guideline Clinical App
American College of Cardiology developed ACC Guideline Clinical app to provide cardiologists and other medical providers caring for patients with cardiovascular disease with the latest clinical guideline recommendations.
Current guidelines in the app include Atrial fibrillation (AF), cardiovascular risk, high blood pressure, cholesterol, and more.
ACC Guideline Clinical app also includes interactive tools such as risk scores, dosing calculators, and algorithms.
The app also includes features such as customizable bookmarks, notes, and sharing capabilities.
ACC Guideline Clinical app is available for free on Android and iOS.
Endocrinologists play a vital role in solving the most critical health issues, from diabetes and obesity to infertility and hormone-related cancers.
More than a hundred years ago a group of endocrinologists established the Endocrine Society, which is today the world's oldest and largest organization gathering scientists devoted to hormone research and physicians who care for people with endocrine disorders.
The Endocrine Society established the Clinical Practice Guideline Program with a purpose to publish clinical practice guidelines providing endocrinologists and other clinicians with the evidence-based recommendations in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of endocrine-related conditions, including diabetes and pregnancy, menopause, obesity, hormonal disorders, vitamin D deficiency, and more.
The guidelines are also available as a free mobile app for Android and iOS providing a wide range of information and tools, focusing primarily on the particular problems of diabetes and obesity.
For 15 years, Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) organization, located in Belgium, is developing and implementing evidence-based clinical practice guidelines in kidney disease, with a purpose to help clinicians and patients worldwide make individual treatment choices based on the best clinical practice to improve health outcomes.
These KDIGO guidelines are available as a free mobile app for healthcare professionals providing them with the best clinical practices in kidney disease treatment at the point of care.
Clinicians can access 9 clinical practice guidelines, i.e. 10 if they use iPhone app. The Android version of the app has been recently updated, so we hope that they included the missing guideline on living kidney donors.
The guidelines provided in the app cover various nephrology topics, from acute kidney injury to blood pressure or Hepatitis C in CKD, to care for kidney transplant recipients.
In the time when we tested it, the app had some issues with features and functionality, such as the lack of the ability to add personal notes or bookmark favorite sections, the lack of reference hyperlinks within the guidelines, as well as the lack of sharing option.
On a positive note, KDIGO app guidelines provide an astonishing volume of information about the kidney diseases, which goes deep into detail and which is supported by evidence-based resources.