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The App Evaluation Model


We would like to introduce some organizations to provide more information on evaluating mental health apps. The American Psychiatric Association provides their evaluation model. There are 5 steps.

  • Step 1: Access and Background
  • Step 2: Privacy and Security
  • Step 3: Clinical Foundation
  • Step 4: Usability
  • Step 5: Data Integration towards Therapeutic Goal

Each step also has a question list for users to evaluate the apps they are using. Please take a look at them. This is a basic evaluation format for you to consider before you try on any health-related app.

They also provide Sample App Evaluations. Please choose any of the tools to review. You can also check Woebot, since we have tried on this app before. You could see how APA utilizes this 5-step evaluation model to review the app.

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