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Currently accepted at: JMIR Mental Health

Date Submitted: Oct 1, 2018
Open Peer Review Period: Oct 6, 2018 - Nov 13, 2018
Date Accepted: Dec 22, 2018
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This paper has been accepted and is currently in production.

It will appear shortly on 10.2196/12378

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The final, peer-reviewed published version of this preprint can be found here:

The co-creative development of the QoL-ME: a visual and personalised quality of life assessment app for people with severe mental health problems

Buitenweg DC, Bongers IL, van de Mheen D, van Oers HAM, van Nieuwenhuizen C

The co-creative development of the QoL-ME: a visual and personalised quality of life assessment app for people with severe mental health problems

JMIR Ment Health 2019;6(3):e12378

DOI: 10.2196/12378

PMID: 30920381

PMCID: 6458539

The co-creative development of the QoL-ME: a visual and personalised quality of life assessment app for people with severe mental health problems

  • David C. Buitenweg; 
  • Ilja L. Bongers; 
  • Dike van de Mheen; 
  • Hans A. M. van Oers; 
  • Chijs van Nieuwenhuizen

ABSTRACT

Background:

Quality of Life (QoL) is a prominent outcome measure in mental health. Conventional methods for QoL assessment, however, rely heavily on language‐based communication, and may therefore not be optimal for all individuals with severe mental health problems. Additionally, QoL assessment is usually based on a fixed number of life domains. This approach conflicts with the notion that QoL is influenced by individual values and preferences. A digital assessment app facilitates both the accessibility and personalisation of QoL assessment and may therefore help to further advance QoL assessment among individuals with severe mental health problems.

Objective:

This study focuses on the development of an innovative, visual and personalised QoL assessment app for people with severe mental health problems: the QoL-ME.

Methods:

A group of 59 participants contributed to the six iterations of the co-creative development of the QoL-ME. In the brainstorm stage, consisting of the first iteration, participants’ previous experiences with questionnaires and smartphone applications (apps) were explored. Participants gave their feedback on initial designs and wireframes in the second to fourth iterations that made up the design stage. In the usability stage that comprised the final two iterations, the usability of the QoL-ME was evaluated.

Results:

In the brainstorm stage, participants stressed the importance of privacy and data security, and of receiving feedback when answering questionnaires. Participants in the design stage indicated a preference for paging over scrolling, linear navigation, a clean and minimalist layout, the use of touchscreen functionality in various modes of interaction, and the use of Visual Analogue Scales (VAS). The usability evaluation in the usability stage revealed good to excellent usability.

Conclusions:

The co-creative development of the QoL-ME resulted in an app that corresponds to the preferences of participants and that has strong usability. Further research is needed to evaluate the psychometric quality of the QoL-ME, and to investigate its usefulness in practice. Clinical Trial: Not applicable


 Citation

Please cite as:

Buitenweg DC, Bongers IL, van de Mheen D, van Oers HAM, van Nieuwenhuizen C

The co-creative development of the QoL-ME: a visual and personalised quality of life assessment app for people with severe mental health problems

JMIR Mental Health. (forthcoming/in press)

DOI: 10.2196/12378

URL: https://preprints.jmir.org/preprint/12378

PMID: 30920381

PMCID: 6458539

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