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MoodKit – Mood Improvement Tools Review

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Credibility

Credibility

4.33 / 5.00

Overall Score: 13/15

Consumer Ratings: 1/2
Proposed Goal: 2/2
Evidence Based Content: 1/1
Software Updates: 2/2
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: 2/3

Rating Date: August 2020

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User Experince

User Experience

3.89 / 5.00

Engagement: 3.70 Functionality: 4.13 Aesthetics: 3.83 Information: 3.92 Subjective quality score: 3.25 Perceived impact score: 3.00 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/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 use the app WITHOUT entering identifiable information, 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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MoodKit is an app designed to help users experiencing depression. Based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), MoodKit offers users a variety of tools to support the user. First, there are wellness activities that fall into one of five categories: Productivity, Social, Enjoyment, Physical, and Healthy Habits. Moodkit can guide the user through challenging problematic thoughts and provides space for tracking symptoms. Finally, there is a journal for users to record important events or information for easy access in the future.

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Technical Details

Available for: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Developer: ThrivePort, LLC
Type of Treatment: Cognitive Behavioral Principles, Symptom Tracking/Self-Monitoring
Targeted Conditions: Mood Disorders, Stress and Anxiety
Target Audience: Adults, Not Specified
Designed to be used in conjunction with a professional? No
Languages Available: English
Cost: $4.99
Get it on: Apple App Store

Research on this App

In a randomized controlled trial, 226 participants were randomized to either a waitlist control or one of three apps: MoodMission, MoodKit, or MoodPrism. Participants were from a community sample and were 81% female, ranging in age from 18-76 yers of age (mean age 34). Compared to the control group, all app groups experienced increases in mental well-being, while MoodKit and MoodMission groups experienced decreases in depression, after 30 days of app use. The results suggest that the apps helped users increase coping self-efficacy which contributed to the results. (Bakker, Kazantzis, Rickwood, & Rickard. 2018. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0005796718301244)

In a pilot randomized controlled trial, 52 participants were randomized 2:2:1 to receive(a) Moodivate, (b) Moodkit, (c) traditional therapy. Participants in each group test their depressive symptoms for 8 weeks, and the result shows that, compared to traditional therapy(TAU), there is a significant decrease in depressive symptoms for the first two groups and the participants, and these treatment gains were sustained across the trial period. (Dahne et al. 2019. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6582985/)

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