1921
Volume 103, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645
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Abstract

Abstract.

The aims of this study were to describe a smartphone app aimed at healthcare professionals who work in areas endemic for visceral and tegumentary leishmaniases, and to report the user’s perception of the app in these areas. The software, called LeishCare, has the following features: data registration, image filter to record the evolution of skin lesions using photos, calculation of a score set to identify the risk of death from visceral leishmaniasis, and guides to the diseases. LeishCare was made available to healthcare professionals in endemic municipalities in Brazil, and the perception of potential users was evaluated at baseline and after 6 and 12 months. In the first meeting, 96 (94.1%) of the 102 professionals who knew the app reported positive expectations for its use. The installation of LeishCare on the individual device and the evaluation of user perception were completed at 6 months with 16 users and at 12 months with 20 users. More than 90% of the professionals evaluated in both assessments found the information of the app useful. The features related to the calculation of visceral leishmaniasis severity score, and the guides to leishmaniases were the most frequently accessed. Users reported competence gain attributed to the app for all items evaluated. In conclusion, LeishCare was found to be a promising tool to help healthcare professionals in endemic areas with leishmaniasis management.

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  • Received : 01 Mar 2020
  • Accepted : 31 May 2020
  • Published online : 29 Jun 2020
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