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A review of the medical app Docphin using the FPM “SPPACES” criteria.

Fam Pract Manag. 2014 Mar-Apr;21(2):29.

Author disclosure: no relevant financial affiliations disclosed.

The Docphin app facilitates mobile access to full-text content from more than 5,000 medical journals and health news stories in popular publications.


Platforms available: iOS and Android

Pertinence to primary care practice: Keeping up with practice-changing medical research and being aware of health news stories that patients are watching or reading are both major challenges for family physicians. The Docphin app streamlines both processes by allowing physicians to put together a personalized digital reading list of their favorite journals and browse through a frequently updated collection (“Medstream”) of widely read articles in scholarly and popular publications. Journal articles can be viewed in text or PDF format, or in some cases, physicians may be directed to the journal's website to read the article.

Authoritativeness/accuracy/currency of information: Since all of the information in this app comes straight from the journal or source publication without critical appraisal, it isn't easy for clinicians to separate the wheat from

About the Author

Dr. Lin, a member of the Family Practice Management Editorial Advisory Board and associate deputy editor for American Family Physician online, is a member of the AAFP Commission on Health of the Public and Science, associate professor of family medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine, and a family physician at MedStar Health in Washington, D.C.

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