- By: Sarah Welsh
The Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) develops evidence based clinical practice guidelines for the National Health Service (NHS) in Scotland. It aims to improve healthcare for patients in Scotland by developing clinical guidelines that recommend effective evidence based practice (www.sign.ac.uk/about/index.html).
SIGN has recently developed its own app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, which is now available to download free. The app is based on the quick reference guides of 11 guidelines—all those published in 2010. This summary of the full guideline aims to interest medical students and foundation year doctors, among others.
The homepage is simple and user friendly, with six clear links to access: website, guidelines, contact, bookmarks, about SIGN, and search.
The 11 featured guidelines are informative, straightforward, and easy to obtain. This might be particularly useful for front line healthcare professionals. The lack of guidelines from before 2010, however, means many important scenarios are not