Development and feasibility of smartphone application for cognitive behavioural case management of individuals with early psychosis

Poster B112, Friday, October 21, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, Le Baron

Sung-Wan Kim1,2, Ga-Young Lee1, Hye-Young Yu1, Eun-I Jung1, Ji-Hyun Park1, Ju-Yeon Lee1,2, Seon-Young Kim2, Jae-Min Kim2, Joon-An Yoo3, Jin-Sang Yoon2; 1Gwangju Bukgu Community Mental Health Center, 2Chonnam National University Medical School, 3St. John Hospital

Purpose: This article describes the development of the smartphone application for cognitive behavioural case management of young individuals with early psychosis and examines the acceptance and potential clinical benefits of this app through a pilot survey. Methods: Gwangju Bukgu-Community Mental Health Center developed and launched a smartphone app (HYM) for cognitive–behavioural case management and symptom monitoring. The HYM app for clients includes six main modules including Thought record, Symptom record, Daily life record, Official notices, Communication, and Scales. The key module is the ‘Thought Record’ for self-directed cognitive-behavioural treatment. When the client writes and sends the self-cognitive behavioural therapy sheet to the case manager, the latter receives a notification and can provide feedback in real time. We conducted a survey to investigate the acceptance and feasibility of this approach among young clients with early psychosis. Results: A total of 24 clients with early psychosis participated in this survey. More than 80% of participants reported that it was easy to learn to use this app, and no one described this app as very complicated or reported that they needed a long time to learn how to use it. About 80% of participants were satisfied with this app, and 70% reported that they received help as a result of using this app. Conclusion: This is the first study to suggest the usefulness of a smartphone app for young individuals with early psychosis and may contribute to the development of a youth- and customer-friendly case management system for individuals with early psychosis.

Topic Area: Psychosocial Interventions

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