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Booster Buddy is an app that aims to support users improve their mental health. Upon opening the app, a selection of animated buddies appear for you to choose from. Once chosen, the buddy will guide you through preliminary questions about symptoms and introduce you to the app. Each day you must complete “quests” to be able to interact with your buddy. Quests include mood check-ins, crisis planning, writing coping statements, and more. Once quests are complete, your buddy provides inspirational quotes and dresses up in hats. Additional features of the app include assistance in tracking appointments and medication, and self-care routines for specific symptoms (anxiety, depression, high mood, lack of motivation, etc).

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Credibility

Overall Score: 2.50/5.00

Overall Score: 7/14

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

Date of Rating: May 2018


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User Experience

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Transparency

Overall Score: Questionable

Overall Score: Questionable
Does the app have a privacy policy?: Yes
Does the policy describe the information storage and sharing procedures related to user entered information 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?: No/Can’t Tell
Does the privacy policy state that the app/server encrypts the entered data OR state that user information is stored locally?: No/Can’t Tell
Does the privacy policy state whether or not users can delete entered information OR state that user information is stored locally?: No/Can’t Tell
Does the privacy policy state whether or not users can edit entered information OR state that user information is stored locally?: No/Can’t Tell


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More Information

Available For: Requires iOS 8.0 or later; Android 3.0 and up
Developer: Island Health
Type of Treatment: Symptom Tracking/Self-Monitoring
Targeted Conditions: Mood Disorders, Schizophrenia, Stress & Anxiety
Target Audience: Not Specified
Designed to be used in conjunction with a healthcare provider: No
Cost: Free
Get it on: Google PlayiTunes

Research on this App

There is no direct scientific research on the effectiveness of Booster Buddy

Click the links below to learn more about the treatment types used in this app.
How Symptom Trackers Work