Pervasive Computing Paradigms for Mental Health. 9th International Conference, MindCare 2019, Buenos Aires, Argentina, April 23–24, 2019, Proceedings

Research Article

Usability of a Transdiagnostic Internet-Delivered Protocol for Anxiety and Depression in Community Patients

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-030-25872-6_11,
        author={Amanda D\^{\i}az-Garc\^{\i}a and Alberto Gonz\^{a}lez-Robles and Javier Fern\^{a}ndez-\^{A}lvarez and Diana Castilla and Adriana Mira and Juana Bret\^{o}n and Azucena Garc\^{\i}a-Palacios and Cristina Botella},
        title={Usability of a Transdiagnostic Internet-Delivered Protocol for Anxiety and Depression in Community Patients},
        proceedings={Pervasive Computing Paradigms for Mental Health. 9th International Conference, MindCare 2019, Buenos Aires, Argentina, April 23--24, 2019, Proceedings},
        proceedings_a={MINDCARE},
        year={2019},
        month={7},
        keywords={Usability Internet-based treatments Emotional disorders},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-030-25872-6_11}
    }
    
  • Amanda Díaz-García
    Alberto González-Robles
    Javier Fernández-Álvarez
    Diana Castilla
    Adriana Mira
    Juana Bretón
    Azucena García-Palacios
    Cristina Botella
    Year: 2019
    Usability of a Transdiagnostic Internet-Delivered Protocol for Anxiety and Depression in Community Patients
    MINDCARE
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-25872-6_11
Amanda Díaz-García1,*, Alberto González-Robles1,*, Javier Fernández-Álvarez2,*, Diana Castilla3,*, Adriana Mira3,*, Juana Bretón1,*, Azucena García-Palacios,*, Cristina Botella,*
  • 1: Universitat Jaume I
  • 2: Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
  • 3: Universidad de Zaragoza
*Contact email: amdiaz@uji.es, vrobles@uji.es, javier.fernandezkirszman@unicatt.it, castilla@unizar.es, miraa@unizar.es, breton@uji.es, azucena@uji.es, botella@uji.es

Abstract

Internet-based psychological treatments have shown to be a promising solution to increase the accessibility to evidence-based treatments. However, the implementation of these interventions is still a challenge in health care settings. The study of the acceptability of these interventions may be a key aspect to reach successful implementation. Specifically, the study of usability may help to ensure that the interventions are well-designed and therefore increase the interest and number of people who can benefit from a psychological treatment. The present work aims to assess the usability of a transdiagnostic Internet -based treatment for emotional disorders among 87 patients who participated in it. The online program was considered well-accepted in terms of usability. This study analyzes the usability of an Internet-based treatment for emotional disorders, based on the transdiagnostic perspective and including a specific therapeutic component to address positive affect. Further research is needed in order to promote adherence and achieve the dissemination of evidence-based Internet-delivered psychological treatments.