Aware guides users through daily mindfulness meditations aimed to reduce stress and improve well-being. The app starts with the user completing a 3-week training course that teaches the foundations of mindfulness meditation. After completing the training, the user is encouraged to complete Daily Guide, which contains daily meditations to practice the skills learned in the foundation course. The interface has four sections: Home, Meditation, Breathe and More. ‘Home’ lists remaining meditations in the user’s active courses, as well as “energizers” or short meditations to use throughout the day. ‘Meditation’ lists all courses and single meditations available, each with its own focus (some are only available through a premium account). ‘Breathe’ has animations to guide the user through breathing exercises for various situations. The final section, ‘More’, provides access to additional features including meditation reminders, blog posts, and a personal profile displaying your app engagement.
Research base 0/3
Research support 1/2
Specificity of proposed intervention 2/3
Number of consumer ratings 3/3
Product advisory support 0/1
Software support 2/2
date of rating: September 2017
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Subjective quality score: 3.13
Perceived impact score: 3.42
Rating date: February 2018
Rated by: Queensland University
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Overall Score: Unacceptable
Does the app provide the option of a pin entry or log-in process to view and enter user data?:Yes
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Available for: iOS 9.0 or later (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch), Android 4.1 or later
Developer: Uber Health Tech Private
Type of Treatment: Mindfulness
Targeted Conditions: Mood disorders, Stress & Anxiety
Target Audience: Not specified
Designed to be used in conjunction with a healthcare professional: No
Languages Available: English
Where to get it: Google Play, iTunes
Aware has no direct scientific evidence. Mindfulness-based therapy has evidence as an intervention for a variety of mental health problems. A meta-analysis considering 209 studies found that Mindfulness-based therapy reduced severity of anxiety, stress and depressive symptoms amongst adults (Khoury et al., 2013). This smartphone application has not been investigated in an RCT, however one study examined the effects of a similar mindfulness based app AEON after 4 weeks of everyday use (Chittaro & Vianello, 2015). They found that novice meditators significantly increased their levels of mindfulness over the four weeks, and most users indicated the app eliciting positive feelings in them. A meta-analysis reviewed 15 RCTs of adults receiving workbook and audio CD or web-based self-help mindfulness or acceptance-based intervention, with no or reduced therapist support (Cavanagh et al., 2014). They found that mindfulness-or acceptance-based self-help interventions resulted in fewer anxiety and depressive symptoms as compared to the control groups.
• Khoury B, Lecomte T, Fortin G, Masse M, Therien P, Bouchard V, Chapleau MA, Paquin K, Hofmann SG. Mindfulness-based therapy: a comprehensive meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology Review 2013; 33(6): 763-771.
• Cavanagh K, Strauss C, Forder L, Jones F. Can mindfulness and acceptance be learnt by self-help? A systematic review and meta-analysis of mindfulness and acceptance-based self-help interventions Clinical Psychology Review 2014; 34(2): 118-129.
• Chittaro, L., & Vianello, A. (2016). Evaluation of a mobile mindfulness app distributed through on-line stores: A 4-week study. International Journal Of Human-Computer Studies, 8663-80. doi:10.1016/j.ijhcs.2015.09.004