Preventing Relapse with Personalised Smart-Messaging After Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: A Proof of Concept Evaluation

Malins, Sam, Biswas, Sanchia, Patel, Shireen , Levene, Jo, Moghaddam, Nima and Morriss, Richard (2020) Preventing Relapse with Personalised Smart-Messaging After Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: A Proof of Concept Evaluation. British Journal of Clinical Psychology . ISSN 2044-8260

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Abstract

Objective. Current Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) relapse prevention methods are often resource intensive. The paper investigates a personalized means of reducing relapse using smart-messaging in two settings; research and routine care.
Methods. Fifteen of 56 CBT completers who participated in a trial for the treatment of health anxiety wrote advice they would want if in future they were doing well, experiencing early warning signs of relapse, or experiencing full relapse. Following CBT, participants received weekly text-message requests to rate their wellbeing. Dependent upon their response, participants received tailored advice they had written, appropriate to the wellbeing level reported after recovery from health anxiety. Smart-messaging was also trialed in a routine practice sample of 14 CBT completers with anxiety and depression.
Results. Across a 12-month follow-up, participants receiving smart-messaging showed greater health improvements than those who did not. Wellbeing scores showed stability between CBT completion and six-month follow-up among routine care patients.
Conclusion. These findings suggest that a low-intensity, personalized relapse prevention method can have a clinical benefit following CBT for common mental health problems.

Keywords:telehealth, digital health, cbt, cognitive behavioural therapy, relapse prevention
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C840 Clinical Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:39380
Deposited On:07 Jan 2020 10:12

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