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Mobile app with evidence-based decision support diagnoses more obesity, smoking, and depression, Columbia Nursing study finds

Smartphones and tablets may hold the key to getting more nurses to diagnose patients with chronic like , smoking, and — three of the leading causes of preventable death and disability. Mobile devices loaded with a custom app that prompts clinicians to follow evidence-based guidelines to make treatment decisions and document care plans makes nurses significantly more likely to identify these during routine exams, according to a study from published in the Journal for Nurse Practitioners.

Diagnosis Easier with Mobile Apps
Smartphones and tablets may hold the key to getting more nurses to diagnose issues like obesity, smoking, and depression — three of the leading causes of preventable death and disability.
Credit: Columbia University School of Nursing


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Funding for the research was provided by the (R01NR008903). The authors declare no financial or other conflicts of interest.

The Effect of a Mobile Health Decision Support System on Diagnosis and Management of Obesity, Tobacco Use, and Depression in Adults and Children DOI: 10.1016/j.nurpra.2014.07.017

Columbia University Medical Center