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Usability Evaluation of a Cognitive-Behavioral App-Based Intervention for Binge Eating and Related Psychopathology: A Qualitative Study

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posted on 02.06.2021, 00:00 authored by Jake LinardonJake Linardon, T King, A Shatte, Matthew Fuller-TyszkiewiczMatthew Fuller-Tyszkiewicz
Despite their promise as a scalable intervention modality for binge eating and related problems, reviews show that engagement of app-based interventions is variable. Issues with usability may account for this. App developers should undertake usability testing so that any problems can be identified and fixed prior to dissemination. We conducted a qualitative usability evaluation of a newly-developed app for binge eating in 14 individuals with a diagnostic- or subthreshold-level binge eating symptoms. Participants completed a semi-structured interview and self-report measures. Qualitative data were organized into six themes: usability, visual design, user engagement, content, therapeutic persuasiveness, and therapeutic alliance. Qualitative and quantitative results indicated that the app demonstrated good usability. Key advantages reported were its flexible content-delivery formats, level of interactivity, easy-to-understand information, and ability to track progress. Concerns with visual aesthetics and lack of professional feedback were raised. Findings will inform the optimal design of app-based interventions for eating disorder symptoms.

History

Journal

Behavior Modification

Pagination

1 - 19

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

0145-4455

eISSN

1552-4167

Language

English

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal