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Professional News
 DOI: 10.1176/appi.pn.2013.5a28
DSM-5 Goes Mobile
Psychiatric News
Volume 48 Number 9 page 1-1

Abstract

The DSM-5 app allows users to drill down into the criteria quickly through either a navigation menu or keyword search.

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This June, American Psychiatric Publishing will launch the DSM-5 Diagnostic Criteria Mobile App.

The app—available for both iOS and Android devices—provides on-the-go, offline access to the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria. From the convenience of a smartphone or tablet, users of the DSM-5 app will be able to search by disorder, symptom, or ICD code; view the criteria in detail; and bookmark content for easy reference.

The use of mobile apps in clinical practice continues to grow dramatically. Of the 300 doctors polled in a recent study conducted by comScore/Symphony Health Care Professional Measurement Solutions, 60 percent of respondents reported using mobile phones and 44 percent said they used tablets on a daily basis in the workplace. This increase in mobile-device usage highlights a need for apps that provide fast and easy access to information, better enabling physicians and other health care professionals to reference critical data throughout their work day.

Designed to supplement DSM-5, the app extracts the most essential components of DSM-5 and allows users to drill down into the criteria quickly through either a navigation menu or keyword search. The app serves as an invaluable resource for clinicians to efficiently navigate the diagnostic criteria as they integrate DSM-5 into their practice, study, or research.

Those attending APA’s 2013 annual meeting will have the chance to preview the app at the American Psychiatric Publishing Bookstore in the Exhibit Hall.

The DSM-5 Diagnostic Criteria Mobile App can be purchased through the iTunes store and Android market beginning June 1. ■.

Jennifer Walsh is American Psychiatric Publishing’s product development manager.

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