Mobile Apps & Resources: Spina Bifida Association


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  • In the ‘Evidence’ section, we assess how easily an app user can identify the app’s currency and support from the evidence
  • In the ‘Usability’ section, we assess the organization of information and other usability factors that may contribute to user experience

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Spina Bifida Association

Research Digest

 Versions reviewed

 Apple 1.0.47, Android version 1.0

 Device & OS used

  iPad, iOS 15, Google Pixel 6a

 Date of review

  Sept 09, Aug 15, 2022

  Courtney Ellsworth & Rachel Zhao

 Technician Support 

  Lori Maisey

 Similar Library Apps    n/a

Image Source: Spina Bifida Association. Retrieved on September 27, 2022 from:

Stated Purpose  

“To provide health care providers with a tool to quickly and easily access guidelines for the care of people with Spina Bifida at any time right from their cell phones.  To provide Spina Bifida patients with a tool to track their varying symptoms anywhere at any time right from their cell phones.”




Image Source: Spina Bifida Association Retrieved on September 27, 2022 from:



Part 1: Editorial committee, content updates, and evidence grading

  • Editorial Committee:
    • The website lists the names and affiliations of the contributors and executive committee members.
    • There is no conflict of interest statement.
  • Contact information:
    • Not provided


Part 2: Source and authorship information for 3 entries

The authors’ names and credentials, as well as in-text citations and reference list are provided with the entries. Authors’ affiliation information is on the website, not in the app.

Various types of studies are referenced, including systematic reviews, randomized controlled, guidelines, and so on. No links with the references.



Organization of information

The organization of the content in the app is quite intuitive. Users can search guidelines by keywords in the title, or browse guidelines by topic or age. 



The bottom of the screen has five buttons which users can use to navigate to settings, profile, etc.  To navigate to the guidelines, click the book icon.



User Account required: No
Internet connection required for use: Yes
Text search field: Yes
Browsable content: Yes
Advertisements: No
Pop-up advertisements: No
In-app purchases: No



Compatible with: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch

Requires: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch requires iOS 9.0 or later.
Last updated (as per App store listing) : July 3, 2022

Compatible with: Android SmartPhone & Tablet

Requires: Android 4.1 and up.
Last updated (as per Google Play listing):May 22, 2020


18.2 MB for iOS (Apple); 88 MB (Android)

App Developer

Spina Bifida Association


Country of Origin
United States



Spina Bifida Association

Email: N/A