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Table 2 The results of the content type and information sources of Google Play store applications

From: Evaluation of HIV/AIDS-related mobile health applications content using an evidence-based content rating tool

Content-type General information on disease Therapeutic Prevention Self-care and self-management Pharmaceutical information Signs and symptoms
2018 N (F)* 2021
N (F)
2018 N (F) 2021
N (F)
2018 N (F) 2021
N (F)
2018 N (F) 2021
N (F)
2018 N (F) 2021
N (F)
2018 N (F) 2021
N (F)
Resource type             
International guidelines 4 (23%) 7 (25%) 6 (35%) 6 (24%) 3 (17%) 7 (28%) 3 (17%) 3 (12%) 4 (23%) 4 (16%) 0 2 (8%)
National guidelines 5 (29%) 6 (35%) 9 (53%) 10 (40%) 5 (29%) 8 (32%) 4 (23%) 4 (16%) 4 (23%) 4 (16%) 0 2 (8%)
Medical Association Guidelines 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Regional guidelines 0 0 1 (6%) 1 (4%) 0 1 (4%) 0 0 1 (6%) 1 (4%) 0 0
Institution guidelines 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Meta analyses and systematic reviews 0 1 (4%) 0 1 (4%) 0 1 (4%) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Randomized controlled trials 0 0 1 (6%) 1 (4%) 0 1 (4%) 1 (6%) 0 1 (6%) 1 (4%) 0 0
**Other type of studies 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Valid websites for institutions in that field 3 (17%) 2 (8%) 2 (12%) 2 (8%) 3 (17%) 4 (16%) 1 (6%) 1 (4%) 2 (12%) 2 (8%) 2 (12%) 2 (8%)
Specialized websites under the supervision of specialists in the field 1 (6%) 1 (4%) 1 (6%) 2 (8%) 1 (6%) 2 (8%) 0 1 (4%) 2 (12%) 2 (8%) 1 (6%) 3 (12%)
***Other information resources 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1. *N (F): N = Number, F = Frequency
  2. **Other types of studies: Observational studies, Cohort studies, Case–control studies, Cross sectional surveys, Case reports
  3. ***Other information resources: Laboratory research, Books, Expert opinions, News and non-specialized website, Wikipedia, Weblogs