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Mental health app design – a journey from concept to completion

Topham, Phil; Caleb-Solly, Praminda; Matthews, Paul; Farmer, Andy; Mash, Chris

Authors

Phil Topham phil.topham@uwe.ac.uk

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Praminda Caleb-Solly Praminda.Caleb-solly@uwe.ac.uk
Professor in Assistive Robotics and Intelligent Health Technologies

Andy Farmer

Chris Mash



Abstract

The development of a mental health app, one with significant potential for impacting on and transforming peoples’ lives, requires a diligent approach for integrating and delivering clinical expertise which is to be used by a vulnerable user group. The challenges include ensuring adequate involvement of a user group that is not only hard to recruit, but equally complex to engage with in order to ensure ecological validity of the different elements of the user-centred design process. Discussing the design and deployment of an anxiety management app, SAM [Self-help for Anxiety Management], we discuss approaches adopted to address the challenges involved and the impact these had on the final design. The paper concludes with a set of pragmatic recommendations, based on our experience of the process.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Start Date Aug 24, 2015
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
APA6 Citation Topham, P., Caleb-Solly, P., Matthews, P., Farmer, A., & Mash, C. (2015, August). Mental health app design – a journey from concept to completion. Paper presented at MobileHCI2015: 17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services
Keywords mobile app design, mental health app, user-centred design process
Publisher URL http://mobilehci.acm.org/2015
Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : MobileHCI 2015: 17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services
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