ENACT Project Blog #1

We have recently begun work on our work packages of the ENACT project. This project is investigating the use of modern Web 2.0 technology in the delivery of psychological therapy (Specifically; Cognitive Behaviour Therapy). As part of this project, there is a lot of basic background work to be done on understanding how people use these technologies in their day-today lives, and also on how people access computerised therapies. There is also a lot of work to be done on understanding how health research is conducted more generally.

Due to the vast array of stuff that is new to us that will undoubtedly come from our involvement in this project, I thought it would be a good idea to chronicle the process. So, this post will point to some  papers we have read recently, some interesting starting points for thinking about how to go about this research. So, here’s a list of stuff we have recently found useful:

In doing and health-related research with humans it is of huge benefit to follow the guidelines laid out in this framework by Campbell, Fitzpatrick et al. (2000) Framework for design and evaluation of complex interventions to improve health

http://www.bmj.com/content/321/7262/694.extract

In attempting to get a new practice (such as a new form of computerised therapy) accepted into everyday usage within a health service, there are a lot of factors to think about – all of which should be driving research questions. These factors are laid out in fascinating detail by Carl May and Tracy Finch

http://soc.sagepub.com/content/43/3/535.abstract

There are certain variables, described by Asay and Lambert, that appear to heavily influence the success of psychological therapies. These factors are constant across all types of therapies and must certainly be considered when designing any new method for delivering therapy.

http://www.psychology.uiowa.edu/classes/31190/week%203/Asay-Common%20factors.pdf

Interestingly, the paper by Asay and Lambert should also be of interest to anyone interesting in developing any sort of technology with the intention of changing the behaviour of those who use it. The variables outlined by Asay and Lambert are the kinds of things that we are not good at identifying in HCI research. Another paper that is useful for all behaviour change purposes is this one by Percevic, Lambert and Kordy, which outlines the benefits of monitoring and presenting feedback as part of any intervention.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14981792

As I said – this really is a starting point – One that I’ve found to be quite useful in drawing up general ideas of how to go about this work. We’ll try to keep this blog updated as often as possible.

Conor

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