3.2 out of 5
Free/ good content/initial assessment with feedback.
Minimal personalization/not engaging enough/no reach-out to encourage users to make beneficial changes in their life.
E-Couch is mostly suitable for adults dealing with mild issues of depression, anxiety, separation, or loss. In addition to being free to use, the program’s main advantage lies in its professional and clear content. The initial evaluations and subsequent feedback provide a sense of personalization, allowing users to get a general idea of their condition compared to others experiencing similar mental difficulties. However, beyond the initial assessment, personalizing features are minimal (mainly in open text boxes). The program is also lacking in reach-out or motivational aspects that encourage users to apply the program’s recommendations. In addition, the convenience of an online program is undermined by E-Couch’s text-based delivery method. Aiming at users dealing with mood disorders, the program’s design does not make it as easy as possible for the user to complete (e.g. by incorporating more appealing features such as animation, video, and narration). For these reasons, E-Couch can be considered a very good educational tool for those dealing with mild mental health issues.
Notes for Clinicians
E-Couch could be helpful as an adjunct to treatment for adult patients dealing with mild mood disorders. It could be a useful informational tool and could promote patient support by helping to educate the patient’s loved ones (whether they are part of the treatment or not).
Monday, November 21, 2016