3.5 out of 5
Free/ focus on veterans’ challenges/ good tracker in the mobile app.
Lacks engaging features
VetChange is a program suitable for veterans who want to control their drinking habits. Its main advantage is its availability and its focus on veterans’ challenges (e.g., PTSD). However, VetChange could also benefit non-veteran individuals. The mobile app is convenient and could be useful as a drink tracker, allowing quick, on-the-spot updates of the number of drinks consumed. The countdown clock is a good tool for managing real-time cravings. However, as an informational /goal-setting tool, the web-based program is more convenient. Therefore, some people might find that combining the mobile and website versions makes the best use of VetChange. Overall, although the content is professional and clear in both the mobile app and the web version, the program is not very engaging. Its main delivery method is through text, while additional videos, audios, and animations are lacking. Without sufficient features to encourage and engage the user to use the program and its tools, VetChange is mostly suitable as a supplement to ongoing treatment.
Notes for Clinicians
VetChange could be suitable as a supplement to treatment mostly for veterans dealing with problem drinking. The program can be used “as is” between therapy sessions, with the therapist playing the role of a supporter throughout the process. For more severe cases, it is recommended that the program be used alongside a treatment plan that specifically targets this issue. In this context, the program would serve mainly as an informational tool and tracker (app).
Wednesday, November 30, 2016