Clear Fear

Version: 1.3.0 | Cost: Entirely Free

Level 3 - Condition Management
Country: GB
Category: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Stress and Anxiety
Released: 03/12/2018
Updated: 08/04/2019
Version: 1.3.0
Size: 44mb
Developer: Stem4
Reviewed On: 26/11/2019
This App achieved an ORCHA score of 79%.

It was assessed as a Level 3 App. These apps can be focused on general health or supporting specific health conditions. They may collect data and they may have a number of more advanced features. Where they collect data we assess their data use policies and compliance with relevant standards. Because they are health focused we also assess their compliance in the Clinical Effectiveness as well as the User Experience domains.

This App does collect data and it is therefore assessed and scored based on its performance in all the sections of our review.

Data Privacy
20.2/30
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Clinical Assurance
36.5/45
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User Experience
21.8/25
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Developer description
Clear Fear provides you with a range of ways to manage anxiety. Developed by a clinician co-collaboratively with young people, Clear Fear uses a Cognitive Behavioural framework to help you change anxious thoughts and emotions, alter anxious behaviours and calm fear responses. It also has helpful descriptions of the different ways in which anxiety shows, resources and a grit box to boost resilience. It is recommended for the ages of 11-19 years but can be used by a younger group with the support of a parent or carer. Clear Fear compliments, but does not substitute for the assessment and ongoing support of a mental health.
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We have identified that this App provides the following key features

General Information
The App provides general information or guidance
Social Support Networks
The App has its own or provides access to social networks relevant to its area of focus
Goal Setting and Gamification
The App allows users to set health and wellbeing related goals and may support games and challenges around achieving that
Service Signposting
The App provides links and suggestions for local or national services that are relevant to its focus area
Automated Guidance
The App uses the data it has to provide automated advice and guidance about a user's health
Wellbeing Tracking
The App allows users to record relevant wellbeing information either manually or automatically using connected Apps or devices
WHAT DO WE LOOK FOR?

This review area looks at what information an App collects from users, what it does with that information and how secure is its handling of that data. For some Apps this is only a minor issue as they don’t gather much information. Other Apps can gather lots of very personal and sensitive information and for these it is important to know how they go about handling this.

Data Collection

The data collected about users isn't capable of identifying that it relates to you

The type of data that it collects isn't classified as sensitive data.

Data Use

The App does state that it won't share user data in any way with other people without the user's consent.

The App doesn't allow users to share information in the App with other Apps, systems, organisations or users.

Data Security

The App does encrypt the information it collects to make it safe from other people as it is transferred from the App.

The App does encrypt the information it collects to make it safe from other people as it is retained by the the developer.

WHAT DO WE LOOK FOR?

This review area looks at what evidence there is that there is a suitably qualified professional or organisation behind the App or that it has been endorsed, accredited or underwritten by such an individual or organisation. It also assesses what evidence there is around user testing and what evidence there is that supports the effectiveness of the App in terms of claimed health benefits. The higher the Level of the App and the more sophisticated its functions, the more crucial this becomes.

Professional Assurance

It was clear from our review that a suitably qualified professional or organisation was involved in the Apps development.

It was clear from our review how regularly the advice and guidance given by the App was reviewed and updated by relevant professionals.

Testing

It wasn't clear from our review that the App had been involved in any clinical trials or similar testing to demonstrate its 'real world' effectiveness.

WHAT DO WE LOOK FOR?

This Review Area looks at how an App has been designed to support the overall user experience. This includes its availability on both primary platforms, how customisable the App is, how well it caters for end users with different capabilities and needs – such as visual or other impairments – how content is managed, how well supported the App is and what it costs. This area also looks at overall User Review scores from both platforms.

Testing

It wasclear from our review that the App had been through end user testing as part of its design and development.

Customisation

The App does provide customisable features.

End user capacity

The App does provide support for users with poor sight.

The App does provide support for users with hearing difficulties.

Support

The App does appear to have a clear approach to dealing with user issues.

Cost

The App is entirely free to use.

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