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Your patients are ready to use mobile apps to monitor and improve their health. They may even be asking you about apps. But with more than 165,000 health-related apps on the market, which will actually help you support your patient?

Practical Apps

Your one-stop resource for trusted clinical app reviews

Why Practical Apps?

Dr. Ed Brown, CEO of the Ontario Telemedicine Network,
on apps, chronic disease and primary care.

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How we choose and review mobile health apps
for common primary health care topics.


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Practical Apps #5

Dr. Stephen Pomedli
Toronto, Ontario

Quitting smoking is really tough. As physicians, we know that encouraging and supporting smoking cessation is one of the most important things we can do to impact the health of the ~18% of Canadians who smoke. But as with all addictions, the quitting process can be frustrating for patients and providers alike.

This review looks at five of the more popular apps available for both iOS and Android that might be able to nudge more people to successfully stop smoking. These apps generally do well at emphasizing the health benefits of quitting, tracking and rewarding post-cessation achievements, analyzing cravings and triggers and facilitating support via social media. However, they are less consistent in evaluating and supporting motivations for quitting, linking to other resources, such as established websites or cessation hotlines, and encouraging support via other modalities like practical counselling and medical therapy, all of which would likely give people who smoke the best chance of leaving the pack behind.

What Experts Say

Watch our interview with leading smoking cessation specialist Dr. Andrew Pipe.

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Practical Apps is a collaboration between the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) and the Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Primary Care (WIHV).

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