How to make online mood-monitoring in bipolar patients a success? A qualitative exploration of requirements

B. Geerling*, S. M. Kelders, R. W. Kupka, A. W.M.M. Stevens, E. T. Bohlmeijer

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Abstract

Background: The Life-Chart Method (LCM) is an effective self-management treatment option in bipolar disorder (BD). There is insufficient knowledge about the consumers’ needs and desires for an e-monitoring solution. The first step towards a new mood monitoring application is an extended inventory among consumers and professionals. Methods: The aim of the current study was: to identify opinions about online mood monitoring of patients with BD and professionals and to identify preferences on design, technical features and options facilitating optimal use and implementation of online mood monitoring. This study used a qualitative design with focus-groups. Participants were recruited among patients and care providers. Three focus-groups were held with eight consumers and five professionals. Results: The focus-group meetings reveal a shared consciousness of the importance of using the Life-Chart Method for online mood monitoring. There is a need for personalization, adjustability, a strict privacy concept, an adjustable graphic report, and a link to early intervention strategies in the design. Due to the fact that this is a qualitative study with a relative small number of participants, so it remains unclear whether the results are fully generalizable. We can’t rule out a selection bias. Conclusions: This study demonstrates the importance of involving stakeholders in identifying a smartphone-based mood charting applications’ requirements. Personalization, adjustability, privacy, an adjustable graphic report, and a direct link to early intervention strategies are necessary requirements for a successful design. The results of this value specification are included in the follow-up of this project.

Original languageEnglish
Article number39
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Bipolar Disorders
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2021

Keywords

  • Bipolar disorder
  • Digital
  • Focus-group
  • Life Chart
  • Monitoring
  • UT-Gold-D

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