Personalizing mental health: A feasibility study of a mobile behavioral activation tool for depressed patients

Darius Adam Rohani, Nanna Tuxen, Andrea Quemada Lopategui, Maria Faurholt-Jepsen, Lars V. Kessing, Jakob Eyvind Bardram

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Abstract

Behavioral Activation (BA) psychotherapy for depression typically applies paper-based activity planning and registration. This is cumbersome, subject to recall bias, and provides limited support for personalized reflection on individual activity patterns. This paper presents MORIBUS; a smartphone tool for BA to be used in therapy. It provides a simple way of planning and registering activities, and their immediate emotional impact. Through visual analytic tools, the patient gains personalized insight into own behavior. We examined the feasibility of MORIBUS in a 4-week study including seven patients diagnosed with depression. The study revealed individual differences in BA patterns. We discuss the implications of these findings and argue for the necessity of automatic but still personalized technology.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 13th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare, PervasiveHealth 2019
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date2019
Pages282-290
ISBN (Electronic)9781450361262
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event13th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare - Trento, Italy
Duration: 20 May 201923 May 2019
Conference number: 13

Conference

Conference13th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare
Number13
CountryItaly
CityTrento
Period20/05/201923/05/2019
SeriesACM International Conference Proceeding Series

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