A recent study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research found that certain apps are capable of reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression among patients.
The study focused on IntelliCare, a suite of apps aimed at treating anxiety and depression funded by the National Institutes of Health and developed at Northwestern University. Over eight weeks, participants were coached on how to use the apps to manage their symptoms. Of the 99 participants in the study, 37% met criteria for remission of depressive symptoms at the end, along with 42% for anxiety.
IntelliCare’s apps all emphasize short, interactive bursts of use. Patient use averaged 1.4 minutes per session, with 95% using five or more of the 14 available apps throughout the study. The study’s authors spoke to the suite’s case-by-case emphasis, citing it as applicable to a wide range of treatments.
The IntelliCare system is elemental, allowing individual apps to be used or not used based on their effectiveness and utility … viewing treatment strategies as elements that can be applied as needed rather than adhering to a singular, overarching, theoretical model.