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PE Coach is an app intended for use by therapists and clients engaging in Progressive Exposure (PE) therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PE therapy is a specific form of psychotherapy, provided by a professional, aimed at helping survivors of trauma process their experiences, which can alleviate symptoms of PTSD. PE Coach is designed to be an add-on to this therapy: it contains tools for recording sessions, completing homework, and practicing skills learned in the treatment room. This allows users – with their providers – to stay on top of their treatment with the goal of obtaining the greatest possible benefit.

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Credibility

Overall Score: 2.14/5.00

Overall Score: 6/14

Research Base: 0/3
Research Funding: 0/2
Proposed Intervention:3/3
Consumer Ratings: 2/3
Clinical Input in Development: 1/1
Software Support: 0/2

Date of Rating: March 2018


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User Experience

Objective Quality Score: 3.68/5.00

Subscale scores:
Engagement: 3.50
Functionality: 4.50
Aesthetics: 2.50
Information: 4.21

Subjective quality score: 1.50

Perceived impact score: 2.67

Rating date: A
Rated by: Queensland University


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Transparency

Overall Score: 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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More Information

Available For: iOS Requires iOS 9.0 or later; Android Varies with device
Developer: DHA Connected Health
Type of Treatment: Psychoeducation & Information, Test/Screener Apps
Targeted Conditions: PTSD
Target Audience: Adults (especially military personell)
Designed to be used in conjunction with a healthcare provider: Yes
Cost: Free
Get it on: Google PlayiTunes

Research on this App

One study examined mental health clinicians’ (N 271) use of a PE Coach for post-traumatic stress disorder, called PE Coach. A Web-based survey assessed clinicians’ perceptions of the app. Half of the sample practicing PE in the past year reported using PE Coach, with 93.6% intending to continue using it. For clinicians who did not use PE Coach, 77.6% intended to use it in the future. Perceptions of PE Coach were generally favorable. Another study examined PE Coach with 2 soldiers to assess usability and satisfaction with the app. Soldiers completed 8 sessions of PE and used PE Coach during 4 of those sessions. Soldiers rated the PE Coach positively and reported higher levels of satisfaction during PE with PE Coach as compared with PE alone.