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Calm Review

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Credibility

Credibility

4.29 / 5.00

Overall Score: 12/14

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

Rating Date: July 2019

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User Experince

User Experience

4.17 / 5.00

Engagement: 3.60 Functionality: 4.88 Aesthetics: 4.50 Information: 3.70 Subjective quality score: 3.00 Perceived impact score: 2.50 Rating date: August 2016 Rated by: Queensland University

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Transparency

Transparency

Acceptable

Overall Score: Acceptable

Does the app have a privacy policy?: Yes
Does the privacy policy describe the information storage and sharing procedures related to user entered information OR state that user information is stored locally?: Yes
Does the privacy policy state that the app/server encrypts OR de-identifies the entered data 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?: 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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Calm is a web-based program and multi-platform app for mindful meditation. The home page shows a relaxing nature scene which can be customized to the user’s preference. Sections on the home page are: Music, Meditation and Sleep. The free trial version offers one meditation session per day, from 2 to 30 minutes in length, and focused music tracks set to scenic photos. Purchase of a subscription provides users with unlimited access to focused meditation programs, sleep stories, and customization options. Additional features include daily reminders to meditate and tracking of user meditation statistics. Calm intends to be flexible in order to fit into a busy schedule and be available on the go.

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Technical Details

Available For: iOS 9.0 or later;Android 4.1 and up
Developer: Calm.com, Inc.
Type of Treatment: Mindfulness, Gratitude
Targeted Conditions: Mood Disorders, Stress & Anxiety
Target Audience: Not Specified, Adolescents
Designed to be used in conjunction with a healthcare professional: No
Languages Available: English
Cost: Free
Get it on: Google PlayiTunes, Online

Research on this App

There is no direct scientific research on the effectiveness of Calm

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