Today was the last day of the eHealth summer school in Dublin. The lectures, that were of high quality, were fewer today since the whole afternoon was devoted to the projects. This day also contained a talk about the second summer school week in Stockholm.
My blog posts about the other days:
The three lectures focused on a depression intervention case study, implementation science and ethical design in eHealth. The case study concerned a depression intervention, gNAT’s Island, which started as a research project and is now used by over 1200 mental health professionals! Thus, this is clearly a case of implementation done right. The application, targeting children 10-16 years, comes in numerous variants and the core application is a game focusing on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Needless to say, good collaboration with all stakeholders involved was a prerequisite for the success. It must be very unusual that health professionals use a game as a part of the therapy!
The implementation science lecture focused on real examples of where implementation had gone wrong – sadly enough quite a few can be found within healthcare. Poor design can have fatal consequences within this area! As many as 70% of systems in healthcare fail, often because of poor implementation. Many things are needed for successful implementation. It’s not enough that you have run a successful pilot trial – you also need to be able to scale up the solution, provide necessary training for care professionals (and maybe also patients), have continous evaluation (not just develop something and leave), etc.
In the talk about ethical design a rather unusual interactive component was used – the participants should fill in a 4×4 “Ethical Bingo” during the talk! As soon as a word on the Bingo card was mentioned by the speaker, Marguerite Barry, it should be marked. There were no prices, but it was an interesting way to keep the audience alert. Among other things, the talk showed how the view of ethics in design has evolved through the years and how to apply wisdom in design. The presented view on ethical design was very interesting, since most discussions about ethics focus on privacy, data protection and similar.
The entite afternoon was devoted to the projects. Directly after lunch we got 1,5 hours to prepare a 8 minutes presentation which should contain the elements covered during the project sessions the earlier days:
- A user scenario introducing the intervention and giving it a clear context
- The user-centered design process and methods
- The trial protocol proposed for evaluating the intervention
After a coffee break every project was presented with minimal gaps in between (just pauses for switching computers) and then the jury chose a winning team. Before the jury presented their decision the patient representatives got a chance to talk and they were all very pleased with the results and that they had gotten the opportunity to be a part of the summer school. Apparantly, this is the first time patients have been invited to this kind of summer school.
This last paragraph about (this week of) the summer school relates to the blog post picture. Jan Gulliksen and Åsa Cajander presented, as organizers for the Stockholm week, what would happen during the second summer school week in August. This time we were asked to prepare 6 slides for a Pecha Kucha during the first day in Stockholm! Parts of that day will focus on the participants getting to know each other a little better. The second day we will be in Uppsala and one of my tasks will be to make sure that everyone gets there in the morning and home again in the evening! Medical practitioners will be among the speakers this day. I was really happy to see that we will have a full day workshop in the very cool visualization studio! I have actually never performed any research tasks in that room despoter the fact that I worked at KTH for years. It will be interesting to find out what will happen during the last two days – the participants was asked to write down ideas for possible themes on post-its and hand them in just before lunch. The week in Dublin has been great and I’m sure we will have a super week in Stockholm/Uppsala as well!