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Web-based internet searches for digital health products in the United Kingdom before and during the COVID-19 pandemic: a time-series analysis using app libraries from the Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Applications (ORCHA).
Leigh, Simon; Daly, Rob; Stevens, Sebastian; Lapajne, Luka; Clayton, Charlotte; Andrews, Tim; Ashall-Payne, Liz.
  • Leigh S; Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Applications, Daresbury, UK simon.leigh@orcha.co.uk.
  • Daly R; Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Applications, Daresbury, UK.
  • Stevens S; Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Applications, Daresbury, UK.
  • Lapajne L; Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Applications, Daresbury, UK.
  • Clayton C; Department of medical sciences and public health, Bournemouth University, Poole, UK.
  • Andrews T; Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Applications, Daresbury, UK.
  • Ashall-Payne L; Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Applications, Daresbury, UK.
BMJ Open ; 11(10): e053891, 2021 10 11.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1462974
ABSTRACT

OBJECTIVES:

To explore if consumer interest in digital health products (DHPs), changed following the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown measures that ensued.

DESIGN:

Retrospective time-series analysis of web-based internet searches for DHPs in the UK, split over two periods, pre-COVID-19 lockdown (January 2019-23 March 2020) and post-COVID-19 lockdown (24 March 2020-31 December 2020).

SETTING:

The UK.

PARTICIPANTS:

Members of the UK general population using health-app libraries provided by the Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Applications. PRIMARY AND SECONDARY OUTCOME

MEASURES:

The primary outcome was volume of searches for DHPs. Secondary outcomes considered search volumes for 25 different therapeutic areas. Outcomes were assessed for significance using a two-stage Poisson test.

RESULTS:

There were 126 640 searches for DHPs over the study period. Searches for DHPs increased by 343% from 2446 per month prior to COVID-19 lockdown measures being introduced to 8996 per month in the period following the first COVID-19 lockdown in the UK. In total, 23/25 (92%) of condition areas experienced a significant increase in searches for DHPs, with the greatest increases occurring in the first 2 months following lockdown. Musculoskeletal conditions (2.036%), allergy (1.253%) and healthy living DHPs (1.051%) experienced the greatest increases in searches compared with pre-lockdown. Increased search volumes for DHPs were sustained in the 9 months following the introduction of lockdown measures, with 21/25 (84%) of condition areas experiencing monthly search volumes at least 50% greater than pre-lockdown levels.

CONCLUSIONS:

The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly disrupted the routine delivery of healthcare, making face-to-face interaction difficult, and contributing to unmet clinical needs. This study has demonstrated significant increases in internet searches for DHPs by members of the UK population since COVID-19, signifying an increased interest in this potential therapeutic medium. Future research should clarify whether this increased interest has resulted in increased acceptance and utilisation of these technologies also.
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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Document Type: Article Main subject: Mobile Applications / COVID-19 Subject: Mobile Applications / COVID-19 Type of study: Observational study / Risk factors Language: English Journal: BMJ Open Year: 2021

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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Document Type: Article Main subject: Mobile Applications / COVID-19 Subject: Mobile Applications / COVID-19 Type of study: Observational study / Risk factors Language: English Journal: BMJ Open Year: 2021
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