Mobile Apps & Resources: STI Guidelines

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  • In the ‘Usability’ section, we assess the organization of information and other usability factors that may contribute to user experience

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CDN STI Guidelines


Marcus Vaska & Pamela Harrison

Version reviewed

2.0 (MV) & 2.0.1 (PH)

Device & OS used

iPad Air, iOS 10.2.1 (MV) & iPhone SE, iOS 10.3.1 (PH)

Date of review

July 9, 2017 (MV) & August 9, 2017 (PH)



Image Source: CDN STI Guidelines, Apple App Store. ‚ÄčRetrieved on August 9, 2017 from 

App developer

Health Canada, with Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)



Apple iPhone, iPad, iPod touch [iOS 8.0+], last updated July 13, 2017

Android [4.0 and up], last updated July 13, 2017

Country of origin



10.4 MB


Public and primary care health professionals working with adults and youth. Note: The app “does not contain information for the management of STIs in pregnant women, children, neonates or complicated infections” (Source: iTunes App Store listing).




Stated Purpose

“This application provides Canadian health professionals with up-to-date recommendations for the screening, diagnosis, management, and treatment of STIs, including recommendations for antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea” (Source: iTunes App Store listing).

 Comments  None


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

Editorial committee assessment is not applicable here; the app is a Health Canada product. Evidence grading system and pop-out informational windows allow for easy assessment of evidence strength.

Part 2: Source and authorship information for 3 entries

Treatment entries provide access to condensed version of the guidelines. Users must leave app and access full guidelines online for more detailed information and references. 

Entries for Specimen Collection and Primary Care Considerations link out to other app entries, and authoritative sources (e.g. Professional Desk Reference, guidelines).


Organization of information

Each entry is organized into subsections (e.g. an Infections and Syndromes entry may include etiology, risk factors, symptoms and signs, important considerations, screening, treatment, reporting, follow-up). Hyperlinks to guidelines and additional external resources provide further information. Search feature is intuitive.


Information is structured to allow targeted navigation, depending on context and clinical scenario.
'Back' and 'Contents' links allow for easy navigation. 

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



No links to drug monographs per se, however, there are several links to specific sections of the guidelines, and external resources, for additional information.

Includes Screening & Testing algorithm to determine whether or not a patient should be screened for a particular condition (Sex, Patient is Symptomatic/Asymptomatic, Pregnant).