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Breathe2Relax Review

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Credibility

Credibility

3.21 / 5.00

Overall Score: 9/14

Research Base: 1/3
Research Funding: 2/2
Proposed Intervention: 2/3
Consumer Ratings: 2/3
Clinical Input in Development: 1/1
Software Support: 1/2

Rating Date: May 2017

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User Experince

User Experience

3.98 / 5.00

Engagement: 4.00 Functionality: 4.25 Aesthetics: 3.00 Information: 4.67 Subjective quality score: 3.00 Perceived impact score: 3.67 Rating date: August 2016 Rated by: Queensland University

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Transparency

Transparency

Questionable

Overall Score: Questionable
Does the app have a privacy policy?: Yes
Does the policy describe the information storage and sharing procedures related to user entered information OR state that user information is stored locally?: Yes
Does the app provide the option of a pin entry or log-in process to view and enter user data?: No/Can’t Tell
Does the privacy policy state that the app/server encrypts the entered data OR state that user information is stored locally?: Yes
Does the privacy policy state whether or not users can delete entered information OR state that user information is stored locally?: Yes
Does the privacy policy state whether or not users can edit entered information OR state that user information is stored locally?: Yes

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Breathe2Relax is an app for all mobile devices that teaches a skill called “diaphragmatic breathing” to help users feel more relaxed. Diaphragmatic breathing, also known as “belly breathing,” is a common relaxation skill utilized in a variety of treatments for anxiety and PTSD. Developed by the distinguished National Center for Telehealth and Technology, Breathe2Relax helps users acquire this skill via guided practice sessions. Each session can be customized to change the overall length of the session, the breath rate, and other user preferences. Breathe2Relax also asks users to rate their stress before and after each practice session, graphing these responses to help users keep track of their progress. In addition, the app contains general information on the effects of stress on everyday living. Breathe2Relax can be used either on its own or as part of regular clinical treatment with a mental health provider.

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Technical Details

Available for: Mobile devices
Developer: T2 (The National Center for Telehealth and Technology)
Type of Treatment: Mindfulness
Targeted Conditions: Stress & Anxiety
Target Audience: Adults
Designed to be used in conjunction with a healthcare professional: No
Languages Available: English
Cost: Free
Where to get it:  iTunesGoogle Play

Research on this App

The research page of the National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2)
While they are a prolific scientific group, none of the articles reviewed specifically listed Breathe2Relax. So, PsyberGuide has not yet identified any available research on this product or its claims.

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