Patient satisfaction and treatment success is a key health concern for health policy makers and researchers alike. SIMPle is a three year multidisciplinary research study at NUI Galway which aims to support the improvement and management of prescribing for urinary tract infections (UTI) in general practice. The NUI Galway research team needed to evaluate the treatment patients received, how long their symptoms lasted and overall satisfaction with treatment.
The challenge of this project was for Púca to develop a health research app via a patient survey both iPhone (iOS) and Android, as well as an interactive SMS survey that could document the participant’s symptoms and behaviour during the week of treatment
Púca’s team of app developers, project managers and QA team worked closely with NUI Galway to deliver a high quality solution
UTI Diary was developed as a native application, so it delivered optimum navigation, speed and fluidity. The health research app was offered free of charge and made available in the iTunes store and Google Play Store. An SMS survey was also provided so patients without smartphones can still participate, this was hosted on a freetext short code number.
Both the app and SMS survey formats allowed the SIMPle research team to monitor patients’ UTI treatments, in particular the extent of antibiotic usage. Patients took part in the research project by monitoring their UTI/ Cystitis symptoms over one week with daily reminders to provide feedback, and the information was then analysed by the SIMPle study team. As patient confidentiality was paramount, any personal data was anonymised.
In order to encourage use of the app, anyone who took part went into a draw to win an iPad2.
UTI Diary is one of the first health research apps used for real-time data collection on symptoms of illness:
Click here for a video overview of the app.
• The app was delivered to the highest specification and incorporated innovative/state of the art developments in patient survey technology
• The app was intuitive and patients could use it without any additional explanation
• The app has helped contribute towards a better understanding of UTI treatment
“Using mobile-based surveys was the most logical option for this study as we aimed to remind patients to respond to each daily survey question over the course of their urinary tract infection. The UTI diary also allowed us to collect real-time data on a nation-wide basis whilst eliminating any data entry overheads. We were impressed by the collaboration with the Púca team, who translated our requirements into a highly functional and robust app.”
The SIMPle team, NUI Galway
We were impressed by the collaboration with the Púca team, who translated our requirements into a highly functional and robust app.