Mobile phone applications in Parkinson's disease: A systematic review

Neurologia. Jan-Feb 2019;34(1):38-54. doi: 10.1016/j.nrl.2017.03.006. Epub 2017 May 23.
[Article in English, Spanish]

Abstract

Introduction: Parkinson's disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disease. However, diagnosing, assessing, and treating these patients is a complex process requiring continuous monitoring. In this context, smartphones may be useful in the management of patients with PD.

Objective: The purpose of this study is to perform a systematic review of the literature addressing the use of mobile phone applications (apps) in PD.

Materials and methods: We conducted a literature search of articles published in English or Spanish between 2011 and 2016 analysing or validating apps specifically designed for or useful in PD. In addition, we searched for apps potentially useful for PD patients in the leading app stores.

Conclusions: The literature and app searches yielded a total of 125 apps, 56 of which were classified as potentially useful in PD and 69 as specifically designed for PD (23 information apps, 29 assessment apps, 13 treatment apps, and 4 assessment and treatment apps). Numerous mobile apps are potentially useful in or specifically designed for PD management. However, scientific evidence of their usefulness is scarce and of poor quality. Further studies are needed to validate these tools and regulate their use.

Keywords: Aplicaciones móviles; Apps; Enfermedad de Parkinson; Mobile phone applications; Parkinson's disease; Rehabilitación; Rehabilitation; eHealth; mHealth.

Publication types

  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Cell Phone
  • Humans
  • Mobile Applications*
  • Parkinson Disease / therapy*
  • Telemedicine