Pacifica is an app designed to help those experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression. Created with principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Pacifica is divided into five modules which aim to impart skills that can help reduce the intensity and frequency of anxiety, worry, panic or depression. The modules allow users to rate their mood multiple times per day; learn and practice relaxation techniques, including mindfulness mediation; record and analyze thoughts during incidents of stress or anxiety; set wellness goals and keep track of progress; and engage in behavior experiments to test and apply new abilities. Pacifica also allows users to track changes in their moods over time. Newer features additionally let users connect with one another and create community groups to share knowledge, resources, and support.

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Overall Score: 2.85/5.00

Total score: 8/14

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: 2/2

date of rating: June 2016

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User Experience

Objective Quality Score: 4.70/5.00

Subscale scores:
Engagement: 4.40
Functionality: 4.75
Aesthetics: 5.00
Information: 4.67

Subjective quality score: 4.13

Perceived impact score: 4.08

Rating date: August 2016
Rated by: Queensland University

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Overall Score: Acceptable

Does the app have a privacy policy?: Yes

Does the privacy policy describe the information storage and sharing procedures related to user entered information?: Yes

Does the privacy policy state that the app/server encrypts OR de-identifies the entered data?: Yes

Does the app provide the option of a pin entry or log-in process to view and enter user data?: Yes

Does the privacy policy state that users can use the app WITHOUT entering identifiable information?: No/Can’t Tell

Does the privacy policy state that users can delete entered information?: Yes

Does the privacy policy state that users can edit entered information?: Yes

Overall Score: Questionable

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More Information

Available for: iOS 9.0 or later, Android, Web Browser
Company: Pacifica Labs, Inc.
Type of Treatment: Cognitive Behavioral Principles, Mindfulness, Symptom Tracking/Self-Monitoring
Targeted conditions: Mood Disorders, Stress & Anxiety
Target Demographic: Not Specified
Designed to be used in conjunction with a healthcare provider: No
Where to get it: Pacifica; iTunes; Google Play
Cost: Free with in-app purchases