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Usability of the app "Geluk en zo" in the treatment of chronic pain, blended care in the Netherlands

Smidt, N.M.B. (2019) Usability of the app "Geluk en zo" in the treatment of chronic pain, blended care in the Netherlands.

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Abstract:Chronic pain is a common condition with serious consequences. An effective way of treatment is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in a multidisciplinary team, as offered by Roessingh Centre for Rehabilitation. ACT focuses on realizing valued goals rather than pain control. Blended care, the combination of eHealth and face-to-face treatment, has advantages and disadvantages, there is not a lot of research on blended care with chronic pain patients. For this qualitative research nine chronic pain patients at Roessingh, from both outpatient and clinical groups, used an ACT-based app to explore how they experienced blended care. Then they were interviewed and the semi-structured interviews were transcribed and coded. Participants were both positive and negative, regarding their experience. Participants reported no change in behaviour and most of them found the app was too much in combination with their treatment, also the pile-up of exercises was demotivating and adherence to the app was very low. However, participants were very accepting of the app and they thought it fit well with treatment. They were motivated by the app to apply learnt behaviour and they were positive about the ability to carry treatment with them. The following recommendations were made: sending reminders during the day, implementing the app after treatment, not piling up the exercises, adding positive feedback, letting users set the app to fit their needs and expanding the app with more information and/or exercises.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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