A mobile app for patients and those who care about them: A case study for veterans with PTSD + anger


Conference Paper

© 2019 Copyright held by the owner/author(s). Most state-of-the-art treatments for mental health disorders such as post-traumatic stress (PTSD) rely substantially on in-person interactions between therapist and patient. Whereas traditional treatments can suffer high rates of attrition, the integration of mobile technology potentially enhances patient engagement. Furthermore, such technology can include others that care about the patient, to provide more regular and deeper insights for clinicians into the needs and status of those being treated. In this paper, we discuss our experiences building Connectd for PTSD and anger, a mobile app for use by both patients and a designated family member or friend, and deploying it within the context of an evidence-based CBT treatment. Built upon a flexible mobile health platform, we discuss how we built the app to adaptively target a specific population, included “supporters” that ranged in relationship to the patient, complemented a manualized treatment with heterogeneous online resources, and leveraged artificial intelligence techniques to further personalize the experience. We also discuss general app usage statistics and, via a sample dyad, demonstrate the value that continuous data collection can yield.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Barish, G; Aralis, H; Elbogen, E; Lester, P

Published Date

  • May 20, 2019

Published In

  • Acm International Conference Proceeding Series

Start / End Page

  • 1 - 10

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9781450361262

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1145/3329189.3329248

Citation Source

  • Scopus