Far too few app developers have gone the extra mile to establish validity for the apps they produce. Backed by strong marketing campaigns and often little else, the vast majority of apps are difficult for clinicians to evaluate. Here’s one that has gone the extra mile to establish validity for the app itself. It is supported by the type of research we need to support claims made app developers. Here’s the write-up:
New Web App for Clients with Psychosis or Schizophrenia – Copingtutor.com
A new peer-reviewed paper has been published on their software CopingTutor; the first clinically-tested web software for schizophrenia. The software was developed with the input from experts from Harvard, Boston University and University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).
Access is available at http://CopingTutor.com. The web site is open to new visitors for free trials.
The software is designed to work either as an add-on form of help for people who are seeing a counselor, or as a self-help program for people who are not seeing a therapist.
This new research paper documents the successful first clinical trial that we did last year (at that time we called the early clinical research version of the software “coping with voices”).
You can see the summary at this link:
A recent video interview with the developers of the software is here:
Three more clinical studies are underway using this software – including a 3 year long, 700 person Multi-site study funded by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. The additional research papers will come available gradually over the next few years.