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Mayo Clinic Meditation is an Apple™ app created by the prestigious Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. It is designed to guide users through meditation exercises that can help reduce stress and boost performance. The app uses simple sounds and imagery to help users learn and practice skills for daily meditation. In both 5- and 15-minute programs, Mayo Clinic Meditation is flexible enough to fit easily into a busy schedule. It also contains a tutorial program that introduces users to the ideas and techniques behind meditation. Mayo Clinic Mediation may be a good choice to help reduce mild to moderate levels of stress or discomfort. However, this app does not appear to have been revised for some time, and users should be cautious when using apps without security updates.

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Credibility

Overall Score: 2.15/5.00

Total score: 6/14

subscores
Basis of research: 0/3
Source of funding for the research: 0/2
Specificity of proposed intervention: 2/3
Number of consumer ratings: 3/3
Product advisory support: 1/1
Software support: 0/2

date of rating: June 2016


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User Experience

Objective Quality Score: 2.56/5.00

Subscale scores:
Engagement: 2.00
Functionality: 3.00
Aesthetics: 2.33
Information: 2.90

Subjective quality score: 1.25

Perceived impact score: 1.92

Rating date: August 2016
Rated by: Queensland University


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Available for: Apple™ devices
Company: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
Classification: Mindfulness
Targeted conditions: Mood Disorders, Stress & Anxiety
Target demographic: Adults and Adolescents
Special provider necessary: No
Non-English Language version available: No
Where to get it: iTunes

Research on this App

Research page: http://www.mayo.edu/research/publications/publication-search-results?keyword=meditation  –  this link is to the Mayo Clinic’s research page with a list of results for a search of the word “meditation” in their online publication database. The Mayo Clinic publishes a large volume of research, so you can enter your own search as well. However, there is no available research specifically on the product or its claims.