In previous research, the Unit for Social & Community Psychiatry developed an intervention called “DIALOG+” designed for patients with schizophrenia. The DIALOG+ helps to structure the conversations about different issues affecting patients’ quality of life. DIALOG+ involves mental health staff using a tablet computer to ask service users about their satisfaction with different areas of their life (accommodation, leisure activities, physical and mental health, medication, etc). Service users and staff then work together to find solutions to concerns that are raised using a 4-step process based on the principles of something called ‘solution-focused therapy’.
This process is repeated during clinical appointments over several months.
After using DIALOG+, service users with schizophrenia were more satisfied with life and had fewer symptoms (DISSEMINATION). Patients and staff found the approach helpful and it saved the NHS money.
The DIALOG+ app is available to be downloaded for Android devices and Apple iPads
(The app is currently not available on iPhones).
For more information on the app please visit DIALOG website.