Mobile apps equally effective as in-person visit following ambulatory surgery: 4 things to know

JAMA Surgery published a study that found mobile apps are effective in providing follow-up care for patients that underwent ambulatory breast reconstruction surgery.

Researchers conducted a randomized trial between Feb. 1 and Aug. 31, 2015. They assigned 65 patients to two groups — the mobile app group and the in-person follow-up care group. They assessed the patients' complication rates and patient-reported satisfaction scores 30 days post-op.

Here are four things to know:

1. The mobile app group had higher convenience scores.

2. During the first 30 days following the operation, the mobile app group sent more emails to their providers.

3. Researcher did not note any difference in the number of telephone communications, satisfaction scores or complication rates.

4. Based on these results, researchers concluded patients undergoing ambulatory breast reconstruction surgery can use a mobile app for follow-up care during the first 30 days post-op.

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