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Flowy is based on video games that aim to teach and promote breathing exercises for immediate relaxation. The game follows the main character, Aegir, steer his boat through the sea in timed intervals that coincide with modeled breathing exercises. Flowy allows for anxiety symptom tracking based on a brief questionnaire (7 items) using the “Calm School,” and can be tailored to align with individual breathing speeds.

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Credibility

Overall Score: 2.50/5.00

Overall Score: 7/14

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

Date of Rating: March 2018


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User Experience

Objective Quality Score: 4.10/5.00

Subscale scores:
Engagement: 4.10
Functionality: 4.25
Aesthetics: 4.17
Information: 3.90

Subjective quality score: 3.50

Perceived impact score: 3.33

Rating date: November 2017
Rated by: Queensland University


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Transparency

Overall Score: Unacceptable

Overall Score: Unacceptable

Does the app have a privacy policy?:No/Can’t Tell
Does the privacy policy state that the app does not collect data?:No/Can’t Tell


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More Information

Available For: Requires iOS 6.0 or later; Android 2.3 and up
Developer: Playlab London
Type of Treatment: Mindfulness, Symptom Tracking/Self-Monitoring
Targeted Conditions: Stress & Anxiety
Target Audience: Adults, Adolescents, Children
Designed to be used in conjunction with a healthcare professional: No
Languages Available: English

Cost: Free
Get it on: Google PlayiTunes

Research on this App

On study has explored the feasibility and efficacy of FIowy as an anxiety management strategy. In the intervention condition (n = 31), participants received free access to “Flowy” for 4 weeks. In the control condition (n = 32), participants were placed on a waitlist for 4 weeks before being offered free access to “Flowy.” Online measurements using psychological self-report questionnaires were made at 2 and 4 weeks post-baseline. All participants showed reduction in anxiety, panic, and self-report hyperventilation scores in both trial arms, with the intervention arm experiencing greater quality of life.