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The e-health application "Geluk en zo" for chronic pain patients. A co-creation and research of user experiences.

Jansen, Marleen (2018) The e-health application "Geluk en zo" for chronic pain patients. A co-creation and research of user experiences.

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Abstract:The e-health application ”Geluk en zo“ is designed to increase the people’s overall wellbeing through the identification of reasons behind their behaviours, to be aware of negative patterns of thoughts, and to practice valued life actions in their daily life. This intervention is based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a therapy that aims at psychological flexibility. The current study investigated the usability and usefulness of the application “Geluk en zo” after participation in the intervention for 10 days. 12 Chronic pain patients were assessed for eligibility, 3 completed the participation and took part in this study. Participants used the application as first users and were interviewed about their opinion and experiences with the application. The interview scheme was developed based on the Mobile Application Rating Scale (MARS). The usefulness of the application was mostly experienced positively. Participants’ awareness of their activities and the reasons behind it were enhanced. Also, new behaviors were adopted, and values were clearer than before, which indicates that their psychological flexibility increased. Concerning the usability of the application, several improvements need to be done, for example, correctly working reminders. Technical problems before the start and during the intervention occurred and negatively influenced the participation process. All in all, this study provides important insights in the usability and usefulness about the application “Geluk en zo” which can be used for future revision of the current version. Also, it is corroborating earlier findings of the effectiveness of ACT-based interventions.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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