|Vertigo Coach app||By Abbott|
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What does the app do?
Vertigo Coach app guides the user through vestibular exercises, provides reminders, and gives information to support vestibular rehabilitation. The app is intended for use by people with vestibular dysfunction who have been diagnosed by a medical doctor or specialist, to guide them through exercises at home to support vestibular rehabilitation. The app states that the exercises are not suitable for those with BPPV or Meniere’s disease.
The app contains 11 exercises which start off easy and increase in difficulty. Clear instructions are given for each exercise, with useful information (eg, they make the user feel dizzy; or information on how the balance system works, safety information when someone else should be with you) and gives encouragement to continue (eg, balance improves over time with repetition), but at the user's own pace and ability.
✔ The app clearly states that its intended purpose is to support vertigo patients in line with professional healthcare advice.
✔ The app supports the doctor or specialist's recommendations for medication and exercises, and states that the exercises the user follows should be decided together with their doctor.
✔ Safety advice is provided before commencing exercises.
✔ The app has been updated/created recently, and seems to contain current information about managing vertigo.
✔ Users can set reminders for medication and exercises, with the ability to register when it's done.
✔ The music playing during exercises can be reduced or muted on your device.
✔ The app cites research articles.
✘ The video exercises have written instructions and visual examples of how to do the exercise, but does not have verbal instructions.
✘ The written instructions are in a small font and can be difficult to read.
✘ Graphs and data export would have been useful so that users can show their doctor the exercises they have completed.
✘ There's no guide on how quickly the movements should be performed, and if/how they should be modified over time. The app should state that the user’s doctor/therapist would need to advise on this and to meet for reviews to monitor progress and adjust the exercises accordingly.
✘ The exercises don't state which specific vestibular conditions they apply to. Some key vestibular exercises are missing.
✘ Some of the advice given in the article section is not considered best practice (eg, move your head carefully and slowly during daily activities; sleep with your head slightly raised). While this could be indicated in a small majority during an acute phase, most vestibular specialists would not support this recommendation long term.
Date of review: June 2023
Platform reviewed: Apple
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