Supporting prostate cancer research

SafeHealthApps: Monitoring the safety of health apps.

A/Prof Farah Magrabi, Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Centre for Health Informatics at Macquarie University.

Mobile apps are increasingly being used to engage consumers to participate in their healthcare. The number of health apps has soared in the past few years with around 165,000 currently available in the Apple iTunes and Android app stores. Despite their growing use, the safety of health apps is poorly understood amongst researchers and continues to be a neglected policy area. SafeHealthApps is an incident-reporting study to engage with users of health apps, to identify and report safe risks. This study will be the first in the world to undertake a nation-wide examination of safety risk involving the use of health apps by consumers.

Consumers who have used any of the available health apps to manage their disease (such as prostate cancer) can participate in the study by completing an online survey.

The survey can be found at:

Ethics approval has been granted through the Macquarie University Human Research Ethics Committee.

Who is this study for?

You may be eligible for this study if you:

  • Are 18 years old or over
  • Suffering from one or more chronic disease or acute illness (e.g. prostate cancer, diabetes, asthma, hypertension, sports injury etc.)
  • Use health apps to manage your condition
  • Have had an issue/safety problem with the app in the past

This study is currently recruiting participants.

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Pathfinder is a unique prostate cancer research register that enables prostate cancer survivors to participate in research for a brighter future with their loved ones.

It will enable researchers to save valuable time and money recruiting participants for their projects, so that they can spend more time delivering health benefits to those in need. Click the button to the right to register!