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Shine Review

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2.67 / 5.00

Overall Score: 8/15

Consumer Ratings: 2/2
Proposed Goal: 2/2
Evidence Based Content: 1/1
Software Updates: 2/2
Clinical Input in Development: 1/1
Research on Development Process: 0/1
Efficacy of Other Products: 0/1
Research Independence and Review: 0/2
Research Base: 0/3

Date of Rating: August 2020

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User Experince

User Experience

3.89 / 5.00

Engagement: 3.70 Functionality: 3.88 Aesthetics: 4.50 Information: 3.48 Subjective quality score: 3.69 Perceived impact score: 3.38 Rating date: December 2019 Rated by: UQueensland

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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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Professional Reviews

Professional Review

Not Yet Available

Shine is a self-care app and meditation app that uses an instant messaging platform to interact with users. Upon opening Shine, the user selects a goal from a provided list and then receives a suggested care plan. Most care plans, or “shine talks”, involve listening to a daily audio track for seven days. Along with the audio tracks, Shine sends inspirational images and relevant educational articles through messaging. Shine also notifies the user daily for a check-in where the user types a gratitude list and self-care goal. Articles typically include a step-by-step approach to overcoming an obstacle or reaching a goal. There are a number of resources offered in the app including challenges, meditations, educational resources, and daily rituals. If a user favorites an article, meditation, or message, it will be added to a “Favorites” section. Shine also has specialized content for communities of color and for communities who have traditionally been underserved.

Technical Details

Available For: Requires iOS 10.0 and watchOS 5.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad,
and iPod touch. Requires Android 4.4 and up
Developer: Shine Inc
Type of Treatment: Mindfulness, Psychoeducation & Information, Gratitude
Targeted Conditions: Stress and Anxiety
Target Audience: Adults, BIPOC
Designed to be used in conjunction with a professional? No
Languages Available: English
Cost: Free with in-app purchases
Get it On: Apple App Store, Google Play

Research on this App

There is no direct scientific research on the effectiveness of Shine

Click the links below to learn more about the treatment types used in this app.
How Mindfulness Works
How Psychoeducation Works

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User Experience

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