AbstractThere is significant, unexploited potential to improve the patients’ engagement in psychotherapy treatment through technology use. We develop Tele-Board MED (TBM), a digital tool to support documentation and patient-provider collaboration in medical encounters. Our objective is the evaluation of TBM's practical effects on patient-provider relationships and patient empowerment in the domain of talk-based mental health interventions. We tested TBM in individual therapy sessions at a psychiatric ward using action research methods. The qualitative results in form of therapist observations and patient stories show an increased acceptance of diagnoses and patient-therapist bonding. We compare the observed effects to patient-provider relationship and patient empowerment models. We can conclude that the functions of TBM – namely that notes are shared and cooperatively taken with the patient, that diagnostics and treatment procedures are depicted via visuals and in plain language, and that patients get a copy of their file – lead to increased patient engagement and an improved collaboration, communication and integration in consultations.
Automatic Treatment Session Summaries in Psychotherapy – a Step towards Therapist-Patient Cooperation.Perlich, Anja; Meinel, Christoph (2015).
AbstractTherapeutic documentation is a crucial part in psychotherapy and should first and foremost support the patient’s therapy progress. Yet, the notes taken throughout a therapy, mainly serve the use of therapists. In line with the movement of patient empowerment, the calls for patients’ access to their records are growing louder and were incorporated into the German patients’ rights law. Hence, with Tele-Board MED, an interactive system for joint documentation of therapist and patient was developed. In this paper, we introduce one of its many features: the automatic creation of treatment session summaries. Our contribution also consists of the evaluation of its potential for practical use by psychotherapists. The aim of our work is twofold, namely the involvement of patients in the documentation, and the support of therapists with their documentation duties. The aspects of investigation include the therapists’ documentation habits (regarding time, amount, and method), their purposes to manually create session summaries and opinion about the automatically created summaries. It was discovered that the bigger part of the motivation for treatment session documentation lies in the therapists’ personal purposes, such as remembering a case right before the next session. Nevertheless therapists are willing to turn documentation in a cooperative activity if they had effective and efficient tools at hand. With the system presented, they can well imagine summarizing important issues together with the patient at the end of a session and also handing out printed summaries to them.
Tele-Board: A digital whiteboard platform for combined synchronous and asynchronous collaboration (Demo).Gericke, Lutz; Gumienny, Raja; Wenzel, Matthias; Meinel, Christoph (2013).
Exploring the Synthesis of Information in Design Processes - Opening the Black-Box.Gumienny, Raja; Lindberg, Tilmann; Meinel, Christoph (2011). (Culley, S.J., Hicks, B.J., McAloone, T.C., Howard, T.J. & Chen, W. ) 446-455.