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CBT-i Coach Review

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4.33 / 5.00

Overall Score: 13/15

Consumer Ratings: 1/2
Proposed Goal: 2/2
Evidence-Based Content: 1/1
Software Updates: 1/2
Clinical Input in Development: 1/1
Research on Development Process: 1/1
Efficacy of Other Products: 1/1
Research Independence and Review: 2/2
Research Base: 3/3

Rating Date: November 2022

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User Experince

User Experience

2.95 / 5.00

Engagement: 2.93 Functionality: 3.17 Aesthetics: 2.33 Information: 3.38 Subjective quality score: 2.00 Perceived impact score: 3.89 Rating date: March 2019 Rated by: PsyberGuide

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CBT-i Coach is designed for those who are experiencing symptoms of insomnia and would like to improve their sleep habits. It is also suitable for people already engaging in cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-i) with a health provider, The app provides education about CBT-i and healthy sleep habits while the “My Tools” page includes tips and activities the user can do to improve their sleep. The main tool is “My Sleep” where users can enter their sleep and wake times to the “Sleep Diary” and see their progress over time.

Technical Details

Available for: Requires iOS 8.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Requires Android 4.4 and up.
Developer: US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
Type of Treatment: Cognitive Behavioral Principles, Mindfulness, Psychoeducation & Information, Symptom Tracking/Self-Monitoring
Targeted Conditions: PTSD, Sleep
Target Audience: Adults, Military Personnel
Designed to be used in conjunction with a professional? Recommended
Languages Available: English
Cost: Free
Get it on: Apple App Store, Google Play

Research on this App

In a randomized control pilot study of CBT-I Coach, 18 participants received cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I). The participants were split into two groups; one group used the CBT-i Coach app and one did not. Outcome measures were the Insomnia Severity Index and an adherence scale. Participants using the app tracked their sleep using the app’s sleep diary and all claimed that the app was helpful. The result of adherence of the app group and non-app group were large but not statistically significant. (Koffel, E., Kuhn, E., Petsoulis, N., Erbes, C. R., Anders, S., Hoffman, J. E., … & Polusny, M. A. 2018.

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