Buddhify

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Clinical Aim(s)
Enhance Well-Being, Anxiety & Stress Management
Incorporated Strategies
Mindfulness/Meditation
Target Audience
Teens, Adults, Elders
Setting
Standalone, Supplement
Cost
Paid
Language
English

Buddhify is a mobile-based mindfulness app intended to help users fit meditations into their daily routine. Attractively designed, Buddhify provides suitable guided meditation exercises targeting different situations common to most people (“at home”, “being online”, “pain & illness”, etc.). For each situation, the user can choose from 3–6 exercises that vary in duration (4–30 minutes long, averaging around 8 minutes). Additional features include a solo meditation timer with no guidance for more experienced meditators, and a personal meditation tracker that monitors meditation activities over time.

Expert Evaluation

   
Program Quality
3.1 out of 5
Source Credibility
Fair
Privacy Explanation
Not Transparent
Pros
Offers mindfulness practice for different situations in the user’s daily routine/ Appealing graphic design/ Reasonable cost.
Cons
Lack of guidance for first-time meditators/ Does not motivate users well.


Summary

Buddhify has a very appealing design and users can potentially enjoy the different meditations offered for various situations. For the first-time user who is not familiar with the technique, however, Buddhify does not offer training or a familiarization path. Furthermore, the app does not provide motivational encouragement for ongoing use or an explanation of the technique and its advantages. Altogether it seems that Buddhify is more suited to users who are already acquainted with mindfulness and who have previous knowledge of its benefits. The guided meditations are pleasant to listen to and the program is easy to use. However, if users prefer to use meditations for only one specific situation, they might find the lack of variety in exercises challenging. Buddhify is (at the time of evaluation) more affordable than meditation applications that received higher quality scores; however, it does not provide users with a free trial.

Notes for Clinicians

Buddhify can be useful as a supplementary mindfulness meditation exercise for patients experiencing distress. It could be added to treatment in cases where relaxation techniques and meditation practice would benefit the patient but are not covered in-person for a variety of reasons (e.g., lack of time, or focus on other issues). Clinicians who become familiar with the app can educate their patients on the advantages of mindfulness practice and help patients plan situations in which to use Buddhify. Because of its affordability, patients might prefer to use this app over other meditation apps.

Evaluation date:
Friday, March 3, 2017

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