Smartphone app improves bowel preparation for colonoscopy

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Research presented at this year's Digestive Disease Week conference, held May 18-21 in Orlando, indicates that a smartphone app increases quality bowel preparation for a colonoscopy. The study compared the quality of bowel preparation by patients who used the app to those who did not. The app, designed by physicians of Arizona Digestive Health, guides patients through the preparation process with illustrated descriptions and detailed instructions. 

What the study found was that 84 percent of individuals who used the app, which included timed alerts, tips and pictures for colonoscopy preparation, received a good score on the 9-point Boston Bowel Preparation Scale. By contrast, only 56 percent of those who didn't use the app received a good score. Announcement