C7 - Navigating m-health apps for self-care

Madrid 1

Organised by the FIP YPG in collaboration with FIP’s Health and Medicines Information Section & Social and Administrative Pharmacy Section


Diana Kristen Ching, University of Toledo/Toledo Family Pharmacy, USA


Chronic noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), are collectively responsible for nearly 70% of deaths worldwide. The most common risk factors for these NCDs are preventable – tobacco use, physical inactivity, the harmful use of alcohol and unhealthy diets. Moreover, many mobile applications exist that allow individuals to record and monitor these preventable factors, including, but not limited to, physical activity, diet, and tobacco use.

Several studies support the use of mobile apps for chronic disease management and as interventions. However, there is a current disconnect between the patients and these apps. Determining which mobile app is best for a patient can be a daunting and overwhelming task to someone with multiple other concerns related to their disease(s).

What if pharmacists could facilitate the use of mobile applications that meet the specific needs of their patients? With the evolving role of technology and its overbearing presence in our everyday lives, it is becoming more important for pharmacists to help their patients navigate useful mobile application options.

This session advances FIP workforce development goals in both advocating for patient-centered approaches to health service delivery and developing partnerships with patients and health care providers to achieve better health outcomes.




  1. Evaluating quality and appropriateness of mobile apps for specific chronic conditions
    Ardalan Mirzaei, The University of Sydney, Australia
  2. Where does the mobile app intervention fit into the equation? Mapping out a plan using a patient care process model
    Brent Fox, Auburn University, USA
  3. How can mobile health apps be used to facilitate partnerships between the healthcare teams?
    Yuri Jung, So & Company, South Korea

Learning Objectives

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. List specific criteria that are useful in evaluating the quality and appropriateness of existing mobile applications for their condition (e.g., diabetes, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, etc.)
  2. Outline a plan on integrating mobile app interventions using the patient care process model for various practice settings
  3. Describe various methods for monitoring, following-up, and sharing data with patients using mobile apps and/or devices with other health care professionals

Type of session: Knowledge-based