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The Panic Center, and its course The Panic Program, offers a web-based program designed to provide users and clinicians with a suite of tools to address the symptoms of panic disorder. Based on the principles of cognitive behavioral therapy, The Panic Program offers skills training and education that can be useful in the treatment of panic disorder. The Panic Center also hosts and moderates a support group for users that can be used for immediate, around-the-clock support. While The Panic Program is designed to be used alongside more traditional treatments (such as medications or psychotherapy), it can also be useful for individuals who do not have access to these services.

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Credibility

Overall Score: 2.85/5.00

Total score: 8/14

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

date of rating: June 2016


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User Experience

Objective Quality Score: 3.58/5.00

Subscale scores:
Engagement: 2.70
Functionality: 4.33
Aesthetics: 2.83
Information: 4.43

Subjective quality score: 3.25

Perceived impact score: 3.42

Rating date: August 2016
Rated by: Queensland University


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Transparency

Overall Score: Unacceptable

Overall Score: Unacceptable

Does the app have a privacy policy?:Yes
Does the privacy policy describe the information storage and sharing procedures related to user entered information, OR state that user information is stored locally?:Yes
Does the privacy policy state that the app/server encrypts/de-identifies the entered data OR state that user information is stored locally?:No/Can’t Tell
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 whether or not users can use the app WITHOUT entering identifiable information, 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: Computers (PCs and Macs) and mobile devices
Company: Evolution Health Systems Inc.
Classification: Cognitive Behavioral Principles
Targeted conditions: Stress & Anxiety
Target demographic: Adults
Special provider necessary: No
Non-English Language version available: No
Where to get it: The Panic Center

Research on this App

The company’s research page: http://www.evolutionhs.com/Publications.html

Farvolden, P., Denisoff, E., Selby, P., Bagby, R.M., & Rudy, L. (2005). Usage and longitudinal effectiveness of a Web-based self-help cognitive behavioral therapy program for panic disorder. Journal of Internet Medical Research, 7(1), e7. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1550639/

  • Studied an earlier version of the currently available product.
  • “At the end of session 12 the remaining users reported a significant reduction in the number and severity of panic attacks and interference in daily life due to panic attacks.”