Squeezy - NHS Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercises for CF

Version: 1.0.1 | Cost: Paid

Level 3 - Condition Management
Country: United Kingdom
Category: Cystic Fibrosis, Incontinence
Released: 10/11/2016
Updated: 26/02/2017
Version: 1.0.1
Size: 148mb
Developer: Propagator Ltd
Reviewed On: 03/04/2018
This App achieved an Orcha score of 83%

It was assessed as a Level 3 App. These apps can be focussed on general health or supporting specific health conditions. They may collect data and they may have a number of more advanced features. Where they collect data we assess their data use policies and compliance with relevant standards. Because they are health focussed we also assess their compliance in the Clinical Effectiveness as well as the User Experience domains.

This App does collect data and it is therefore assessed and scored based on its performance in all the sections of our review.

Data Security
19.6/30
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Clinical Assurance
41/45
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User Experience
22.2/25
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Developer description
Squeezy CF has been reviewed, supported and endorsed by the CF Trust. It is recognised that one impact of the exercise recommendations and airway clearance techniques for individuals with Cystic Fibrosis is that the pelvic floor can be put under strain, leading to pelvic floor dysfunction such as stress incontinence. This can happen to men and women, although it is more common in women. Pelvic floor muscle exercises can help to prevent and treat these problems, reducing pelvic floor, bladder and bowel symptoms and supporting the active lifestyle that is important for general health. Squeezy CF has been designed by chartered physiotherapists specialising in Pelvic Health working in the NHS. It is suitable for everyone who wants to do pelvic floor muscle exercises (also called Kegel exercises). The app is particularly aimed at those who are seeing a specialist physiotherapist for problems connected to their bladder, bowels or pelvic floor muscles as it can be tailored to a specific exercise programme and set to remind you when to do your exercises. It is simple to use, discreet, informative and has helpful visual and audio prompts to support your exercise programme plus it maintains a record of the number of exercises you have completed. Features: • Apple Watch support! Be extra discrete, squeeze from your watch • Customisable exercise plan • “Professional mode” to help physiotherapists set detailed exercise plans for patients • Visual, and audio guides for exercises • Information and tips written by professional Pelvic Health physiotherapists • Track and monitor your progress • Write a short note after a completed exercise • Simple and clear interface
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Data Collection

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Data Use

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Data Security

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Professional Assurance

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It was clear from our review how regularly the advice and guidance given by the App was reviewed and updated by relevant professionals.

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Testing

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Customisation

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End User Capacity

The App does provide support for users with poor sight. The App does provide support for users with hearing difficulties.

Support

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Cost

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