Towards Fully Automated Psychotherapy for Adults: BAS - Behavioral Activation Scheduling via web and mobile phone

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Abstract

Behavioural activation treatment has been found to be an effective psychological treatment for depression, also if delivered as self-administered psychotherapy via the internet. However, the role of supporting professionals remains important for successful application of the therapy. In this paper a system is presented that delivers automated behavioural activation therapy via both a mobile phone and a personal website. The system motivates the client to continue with the treatment and helps him/her through the different procedures of the treatment. The architecture of the system follows a generic ambient agent architecture. A first pilot study of the system indicates that it is technically feasible and perceived as useful.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Third International Conference on Health Informatics, HEALTHINF'10
EditorsA. Fred, J. Filipe, H. Gamboa
PublisherINSTICC Press
Pages375-380
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9789896740160
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event3rd International Conference on Health Informatics, HEALTHINF 2010 - Valencia, Spain
Duration: 20 Jan 201023 Jan 2010

Conference

Conference3rd International Conference on Health Informatics, HEALTHINF 2010
CountrySpain
CityValencia
Period20/01/1023/01/10

Keywords

  • Agent model
  • Automated psychotherapy

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