3.4 out of 5
A full step-by-step program/ Supportive language and approach/ Offers “SHUTi Professional” for clinicians.
Content available only upon diary completion/Assignments may be challenging/ Fee may be considered high.
SHUTi is a full online intervention for insomnia, mostly suited to adult and elderly users. SHUTi’s design attempts to simulate the schedule and framework of an in-person treatment. SHUTi uses approachable and supportive language to help the user feel encouraged and motivated. Overall, the program is highly structured, the content is professional, and the information and assignments are clear and simple to comprehend. On the down side, some of the content delivery methods are not engaging enough to encourage continuous use. In addition, the program’s main intervention tool is a method of “sleep restriction”, which could be difficult for some users to adhere to. There are questions as to whether the program’s structure responds well enough to users’ need for ongoing support when applying this method. For example, daily sleep journals are required in order to unlock the weekly session; this restricts the availability of the program and makes it challenging for those who may seek more support to cope with the restriction of sleep time.
Notes for Clinicians
SHUTi is a structured program. It could be added as a supplement to therapy that does not focus on insomnia if the patient experiences such difficulties. It might also be incorporated into a treatment that focuses on insomnia and uses similar techniques, with therapy sessions aligned to program sessions. The developers present an option for a patient to choose “SHUTi Professional”, which enables clinicians (also registered on SHUTi) to follow patients’ progress online. For this option, a code from the clinician is needed.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017