Interstitial Cystitis Network
ICN Food List is an application intended for patients diagnosed with interstitial cystitis. It provides an extensive list of foods across the following categories: beverages, dairy, desserts, dried goods, fruits, grains, meats, nuts and oils, seasonings, snacks, soups, supplements, vegetables, and wine/spirits (pretty much covers it all). Within each category the patient has several options. The user can search for foods via a keyword search, scroll through the many foods within each category, or navigate by further categorizing foods based on whether they are defined as ‘bladder friendly,’ ‘worth trying cautiously,’ or ‘to avoid.’ When selecting a specific food, a separate page appears that will label the food into one of the above categories and provide examples of similar foods that are also in these ‘good, ok, and harmful’ subgroups. Furthermore, the page contains a picture and a paragraph describing why the food is either bladder friendly or harmful as a way of educating patients about the lifestyle changes that they should make to improve their symptoms and long-term outcomes. Lastly, the main page provides general information about fighting IC flare-ups, how to handle wine/spirits, and how to use the list of foods in the app.
Sexiness of Interface/Ease of Use:
This app has an excellent user interface and is one of the more polished ones I have come across. I found it very easy to navigate within and between menus and enjoyed the fact that foods could be separated by category as well as based on how beneficial or harmful the food was to the bladder. The use of color-coding and beautiful images was also a nice touch. I enjoyed using this app very much.
This app is most useful for urology patients with symptoms of or the diagnosis of interstitial cystitis. This app is not useful for medical students, residents, fellows, or practicing urologists.
This is one of the better urology apps in the app store and provides both specific food examples and the appropriate level of education to help patients with interstitial cystitis make the proper lifestyle changes to improve their symptoms and make living with the disease more manageable. I would recommend this app for my patients with IC.