App name: RCOG Guidelines
Area: Obstetrics and gynaecology
GP rating: 4 out of 5
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has developed an app version of its Green Top guidelines.
The app was released in early January and offers landscape and portrait views of the content. It is accessible without Wi-Fi or 3G.
Green Top guidelines provide up-to-date guidance related to specific areas of clinical practice that may be helpful for specialists and GPs. Some topics, such as the management of chickenpox in pregnancy, initial management of chronic pelvic pain and pelvic inflammatory disease, are more relevant to general practice than others, such as umbilical cord prolapse and tocolytic drugs in preterm labour.
The RCOG states that regular updates will become available with the app.
The app has an attractive interface that is straightforward to use. The search facility may be used to find specific guidance by number or by topic. It is also possible to bookmark pages to refer to them at a later date. You can make notes on individual guidelines, which may be helpful in clinical practice and for CPD.
The app can be accessed by iPhone, although this may be more useful to specialty doctors.
The guidelines are available on the RCOG website without subscription if accessed from a desktop. However, this is a user-friendly app that is easy to navigate and provides relevant clinical information.
- Dr Kochhar is a GP principal in St Leonards, East Sussex
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