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Evaluating a Biofeedback Mobile Health Application to Improve Self-Management of Stress
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DescriptionMental health is an increasing concern among vulnerable populations, including college students and veterans. The purpose of this study was to determine if stress could be better self-managed by using mobile health technology combined with health coaching. This study evaluated a mobile Biofeedback app that provided health coaching on deep breathing exercises for stress self-management for college student veterans’ mental health concerns during the spring 2020 semester. The intervention group used the Biofeedback app to coach them through the performance of the breathing exercises while the control group performed the exercises on their own using the technique taught in an initial lab session. Our study demonstrated that health coaching on the proper breathing technique, via the Biofeedback app, resulted in a significant decrease in average heart rate immediately following the breathing exercise. In addition, participants had a positive perception of the mobile Biofeedback app to manage their everyday challenges.