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Moving Forward is a symptom tracker for stress-related information with the goal of improving mindfulness and balance in the present moment. The app teaches about negative effects of stress empowering the user to assess, manage, and attempt to solve the issues at hand. Moving Forward helps develop positive coping skills for both the short and long term through problem-solving quizzes, stress tracking and step-by-step exercises via audio recordings and multimedia activities to actively engage the user.  Guided activities to change one’s behavior and thought processes are supplemented by worksheets and tips to enhance stress management strategies. Moving Forward also offers routes for personal and professional support with resources focused on addressing mental health, financial concerns, and readjustment issues for military personnel post-deployment. It is developed for veterans or service members, however could be useful to anyone with mood disorders.

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Overall Score: 2.86/5.00

Overall Score: 8/14

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

Rating Date: May 2017

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User Experience

Objective Quality Score: 3.73/5.00

Subscale scores:
Engagement: 3.10
Functionality: 4.38
Aesthetics: 3.17
Information: 4.25

Subjective quality score: 2.38

Perceived impact score: 3.33

Rating date: July 2018
Rated by: Queensland University

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Available for: iOS4.3 or later (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch)
Developer: US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA): Office of Mental Health Services, Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE): National Center for Telehealth & Technology
Type of Treatment: Cognitive Behavioral Principles (with Symptom Tracking aspect for stress management), Problem-Solving Therapy
Targeted Conditions:  Mood Disorders, Stress & Anxiety, PTSD
Target Audience: Adults (primarily military personnel)
Designed to be used in conjunction with a healthcare professional: No (but has companion website with online course if desired)
Languages Available: English
Cost: Free
Get it on: iTunes 

Research on this App

A clinical trial evaluating Moving Forward is currently underway (https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01891734). However, there is strong support for the efficacy of problem solving therapy for a variety of psychiatric conditions including depression. A recent meta-analysis of 31 randomized trials found problem-solving therapy was superior to no treatment, treatment as usual, and attention placebo and comparable to other active treatments.

Malouff, J. M., Thorsteinsson, E. B., & Schutte, N. S. (2007). The efficacy of problem solving therapy in reducing mental and physical health problems: a meta-analysis. Clinical psychology review, 27(1), 46-57.