First impressions

EMPOWER Study

Seven participants with lived experiences of psychosis have been feeding back their experiences of beta testing EMPOWER to one of our researchers Amelie Burkhardt supervised by Andy Gumley. Beta testing is a method of trying out software to iron out software bugs and initially explore user acceptability. We found some bugs and these are now being passed to our software manufacturer at the University of Manchester.

Amelie has been undertaking a qualitative study exploring individuals’ experiences of testing the EMPOWER App and their first impressions of how the App makes sense to them.

We’re still analysing the data but we have been really struck by the way in which the App creates a context for ‘Awareness and Learning’. So EMPOWER works by creating a daily questionnaire that prompts users to reflect on how they are feeling based on a number of core questions about mood, coping and experiences. When users…

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