Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Title: 'Prostate Cancer Risk Calculator' mobile applications (Apps): a systematic review and scoring using the validated user version of the Mobile Application Rating Scale (uMARS)
Austin Authors: Adam, Ahmed;Hellig, Julian C;Perera, Marlon ;Bolton, Damien M ;Lawrentschuk, Nathan
Affiliation: Department of Surgery, Austin Health, The University of Melbourne, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Department of Surgical Oncology, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Department of Urology, Helen Joseph Hospital, Johannesburg, South Africa
Division of Urology, Department of Surgery, Wits Medical School, 9th Floor, Room 9S19, 07 York Road, Parktown, Private Bag X3, Johannesburg, 2050, South Africa
Department of Surgery, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Department of Paediatric Urology, Rahima Moosa Mother and Child (Coronation) Hospital, Johannesburg, South Africa
The Division of Urology, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Clinical Medicine, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Issue Date: Apr-2018
Date: 2017-12-08
Publication information: World Journal of Urology 2017; 36(4): 565-573
Abstract: The use of mobile phone applications (Apps) has modernised the conventional practice of medicine. The diagnostic ability of the current Apps in prostate specific antigen monitoring, and its diagnostic ability within prostate cancer (PCa) risk calculators have not yet been appraised. We aimed to review, rate and assess the everyday functionality, and utility of all the currently available PCa risk calculator Apps. A systematic search on iTunes, Google Play Store, Blackberry World and Windows Apps Store, was performed on 23/11/2017, using the search term 'prostate cancer risk calculator'. After applying the exclusion criteria, each App was individually assessed and rated using pre-set criteria and grading was performed using the validated uMARS scale. In total, 83 Apps were retrieved. After applying our exclusion criteria, only 9 Apps were relevant, with 2 duplicated, and the remaining 7 were suitable for critical review. Data sizes ranged from 414 kb to 10.1 Mb. The cost of the Apps ranged from South African rand (ZAR) 0.00 to ZAR 29.99. The overall mean category uMARS scores ranged from 2.8/5 to 4.5/5. Apps such as Rotterdam Prostate Cancer Risk Calculator, Coral-Prostate Cancer Nomogram Calculator and CPC Risk Calculator, performed the best. The current PCa risk calculator mobile Apps available may be beneficial in counselling the concerned at risk patient. These Apps have potential to assist both the patient and the urologist alike. The PCa risk calculator App 'predictability' may be further enhanced by the incorporation of newly validated risk factors and predictors for PCa.
DOI: 10.1007/s00345-017-2150-1
ORCID: 0000-0001-9069-3282
Journal: World Journal of Urology
PubMed URL: 29222595
PubMed URL:
Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Journal articles

Show full item record

Page view(s)

checked on Apr 21, 2024

Google ScholarTM


Items in AHRO are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.