Will an app a day, keep the doctor away? A critical look at BPS based phone apps. In my opinion, these apps may not be designed to keep the doctor away, but to keep patients away from their doctors - in a "don't bother us with your imaginary health problems," kind of way. They seem to be targeted at patients who fall into the MUS - "Medically Unexplained Symptoms" - category. The Curable app This subscription based app is promoted by the Psychophysiologic Disorders (PPD) Association. PPD is just another acronym for MUS, with a focus on the idea that pain symptoms are a result of unresolved emotional trauma. I personally think it's unethical to encourage people to process trauma in an unsupervised environment, via a phone app. Where's the evidence showing this is safe? I wonder what personal information they collect from users? From their website; "WHAT DOES THE CURABLE PROGRAM INVOLVE? Every Curable user gets access to Clara, a virtual pain coach. Interacting with Clara is like text messaging a friend. Except in Clara’s case, it’s a friend who wants to talk to you about your pain, has a lot of scientific information at her fingertips, and sends you interesting new lessons and exercises that help you reverse the cycle of pain going on your brain." https://www.curablehealth.com/faq It claims to be based on science. (I haven't looked at the studies yet, the references aren't titled, and they need to be downloaded, which isn't very user friendly.) https://www.curablehealth.com/science https://www.curablehealth.com/blog/curable-announces-scientific-advisory-board ME/CFS is considered to be a Psychophysiologic Disorder, by the PPDA, and the Curable app makers use testimonials suggesting it can help ME/CFS patients; https://www.curablehealth.com/podcast/fiona-recovery-story-chronic-fatigue-syndrome ME/CFS is listed as a PPD here; https://ppdassociation.org/symptoms And Howard Schubiner's view on ME/CFS here; https://www.s4me.info/threads/2016-...essful-situations-from-past.6786/#post-122911 If you have spotted any concerning apps, or have had them recommended to you, or have tried them yourself, please post here.