PTSD Coach app

An app created by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for anyone with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD Coach

By US Department of Veteran Affairs

  • Self-help tools
  • Symptom tracking
  • Education and information
  • Self-assessment

 

Clinical review

 

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Available from

App website              iTunes           Google Play Store

Cost

Free

What does the app do?

The app has 4 sections in which users can learn about PTSD, find ways to manage it, track their symptoms and get further support. In the ‘manage’ section users are provided with a variety of tools and tips for coping with PTSD such a guided relaxation audio tracks and imagery exercises. To track symptoms, users complete a 20-question assessment on a regular basis. The app allows users to view their symptom scores in a graph, export their score, and set up reminders to take the assessment.


Pros

Cons  

✔  Easy to use

✔  Has some options for personalisation (adding contacts, selecting
    soothing pictures and songs)

✘  Support contacts provided are based in the United States

✘  Not visually appealing (very little graphics)

Privacy and security

The app does not appear to have a privacy policy so it is unclear what happens to information such as symptom assessment scores entered via the app. The app does not require users to enter personal data such as name and email address.


Review details

Date of review: November 2017
Platform reviewed: Android
App version: 3.1
Download size: 91.35 MB


Learn More

U.S Department of Veteran Affairs website
Coulon SM, Monroe CM, West DS. A Systematic, Multi-domain Review of Mobile Smartphone Apps for Evidence-Based Stress Management. Am J Prev Med. 2016 Jul;51(1):95-105.






PROS ✔  CONS  ✘  
  • Is a useful self-help tool that allows users to independently monitor a range of symptoms commonly experienced by individuals exposed to trauma.
  • Has numerous, easy-to-read, commonly asked questions and answers about PTSD. 
  • Has many options for users to customize tools based on their preferences.
  • Contact information for crisis resources and professional care is US-based and not applicable to NZ users.
Date of this review: February 2017

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References

The following references relate to articles about apps for Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

  1. Possemato K, Kuhn E, Johnson EM, et al. Development and refinement of a clinician intervention to facilitate primary care patient use of the PTSD Coach app. Transl Behav Med. 2016 Feb 22.
  2. Miller CJ, McInnes DK, Stolzmann K, et al. Interest in Use of Technology for Healthcare Among Veterans Receiving Treatment for Mental Health. Telemed J E Health. 2016 Oct;22(10):847-854. Epub 2016 Mar 16.
  3. Price M, Kuhn E, Hoffman JE, Ruzek J, et al. Comparison of the PTSD Checklist (PCL) Administered via a Mobile Device Relative to a Paper Form. J Trauma Stress. 2015 Oct;28(5):480-3.