Our complete grading criteria for evidence and usability are embedded in the review.
Please note that the reviewers are not healthcare professionals, and so cannot appraise the quality of any recommendations within the app. The reviews are not endorsements.
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Recovery Record Clinician is the first evidence-based, HIPAA compliant application for eating disorder treatment professionals. With Recovery Record, your patients will remain engaged between visits and you will have patient data and tools for timely, targeted intervention.” (1)
“Recovery Record works by linking your Recovery Record Clinician app with your patient's Recovery Record self-monitoring app. By doing this, you will have access to the complete clinical picture and be able to answer the questions: Which patient most needs my attention? Are patient outcomes improving? What should I focus on in this 45 minute patient visit?” (2)
The App allows Clinicians to link their Recovery Record App to their patients personal Recovery Record App, allowing for the monitoring of disordered eating behavior, and their patients feelings and thoughts around eating. It also allows for the Clinician to provide virtual support and feedback to their patient.
Recovery Record for Patients app can be downloaded from the following sites:
Treatment Plans: (can be individualized per patient/client)
App is available and can be used in several languages
The basic package is free, which allows users to communicate with one patient.
Pricing models are based on a monthly payment, determined by the number of clients being linked to. Prices start at $14.99 a month for up to 10 clients, and run to a maximum cost of up to $49.99 a month for up to 50 clients
Pricing is in USD. It is possible to upgrade your price plan within the App itself.
Part 1: Editorial committee, content updates, and evidence grading
This app is a patient management and data tool as opposed to a reference and/or point-of-care tool. In fairness there was no content to apply an evidence grading system and/or editorial committee to mention.
The app should be assessed more for its functionality in managing patient/client data. For an assessment on the usability of this mobile app see the Usability section.
Part 2: Source and authorship information for 3 entries
There is no clearly identifiable link to evidence-based treatment within the App itself. There is also no evidence supporting or citations associated with the Coping Skills, Expectations, and/or EPSI charts.
The credibility of the authorship and the nature of the affiliations are also questionable, as this information is not listed within the App or the Recovery Record website. This is a noted failure of the App
Organization of information
A navigation menu appears along the bottom of the screen, allowing you to move between the Home screen, client profiles, and a ‘more’ option which provides information about messaging options, your profile, tutorials, FAQ, pricing plans, and an About section.
Once you select your client profile, you can view all patient logs, or one of your choosing e.g. disordered thoughts, coping skills, goals etc. You also have the opportunity to view messages between the client. Lastly, you have access to a ‘client menu’ where you can set up and monitor a treatment plan, manage communication, and other patient data.
Note: We were using the free, 1 patient demo version of the app, but we don’t expect the organization of information to change much between the free and paid versions.
The App is easy to navigate overall. It is a very visual- based App incorporating the use of colour, images and emoticons, which may appeal to some users.
Note: We were using the free, 1 patient demo version of the app, but we don’t expect navigation to change much between the free and paid versions.
User Account require: Yes - Users need to provide an email address in order to set up an account. Email addresses also need to be shared between the clinician/patient in order to use this app. Each user must also set up their own PIN access to use the app as well.
Internet connection required for use: Yes - Clinician must have internet access in order to communicate and/or receive updates to patient profiles
Text search field: No
Browsable content: Yes - Patients can be browsed by name as they are added to clinicians’ profile
Pop-up advertisements: No
In-app purchases: Yes - App users can pay to increase their functionality within the app – the cost of the app increases per month in relation to the number of patients a user would like to link to/communicate with using the app and partner Recovery Record for patients.
Note: See comments in Features section for information on pricing.