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LifeArmor Review

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Credibility

Credibility

2.67 / 5.00

Overall Score: 8/15

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: 0/2
Research Base: 0/3

Rating Date: August 2020

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User Experince

User Experience

3.24 / 5.00

Engagement: 2.95 Functionality: 3.69 Aesthetics: 2.67 Information: 3.67 Subjective quality score: 2.75 Perceived impact score: 3.96 Rating date: September 2020 Rated by: University of Queensland

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Transparency

Transparency

Questionable

Overall Score: Questionable

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/de-identifies the entered data OR state that user information is stored locally?:No/Can’t Tell


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 use the app WITHOUT entering identifiable information, OR state that user information is stored locally?:No/Can’t Tell


Does the privacy policy state whether or not users can delete entered information OR state that user information is stored locally?:No/Can’t Tell


Does the privacy policy state whether or not users can edit entered information OR state that user information is stored locally?:No/Can’t Tell

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Professional Reviews

Professional Review

Not Yet Available

LifeArmor aims to provide information, assessment, and self-management tools for those in the military community. The home page lists 16 topics for the user to choose from, ranging between Anger, Family with Kids, and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Each topic contains sections: Learn, Assessment, and Tools. ‘Learn’ provides information on the causes, characteristics, and potential solutions to common mental health problems. ‘Assessment’ uses brief self-assessment tools to help the user measure and track symptoms relevant to the topic area. ‘Tools’ includes a variety of information about and guidance on self-management techniques relevant to the topic area, with exercises based on cognitive behavioral therapy (e.g., Grounding, Relax/Breathe, Gratitude). Other features include access to the complete list of ‘Tools’, local resources and information about the app as well as a PIN/Password option to secure the app.

Technical Details

Available for: Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Requires Android 4.4 and up.
Developer: National Center for Telehealth & Technology
Type of Treatment: Cognitive Behavioral Principles, Mindfulness, Symptom Tracking/Self-Monitoring, Psychoeducation & Information, Assessments/Screening, Gratitude
Targeted Conditions: Mood Disorders, Stress and Anxiety, PTSD, Addictions or Substance Use, Sleep
Target Audience: Adults, Military Personnel
Designed to be used in conjunction with a professional? No
Languages Available: English
Cost: Free
Get it on: Apple App Store, Google Play

Research on this App

In one study published in 2017, LifeArmor was used in combination with other apps to help explore the use of apps for providing training for managing symptoms PTSD. 144 service members or family members (54 percent males, 87 percent SMs) were provided the set of apps. Participants used the apps for 6 weeks, and were randomized to a treatment group (brief cognitive-behavioral session, followed by daily text messages directing app use) or a control group (daily text messages of inspirational quotes). Both groups reported reductions in PTSD, anxiety, and depression symptoms during the 6-week intervention. Reductions were sustained at 3 months, but exhibited partial rebound at 6-12 months. (Roy, M. J., Costanzo, M. E., Highland, K. B., Olsen, C., Clayborne, D., & Law, W. 2017. https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/cyber.2017.0221)

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