The implementation of a digital group intervention for individuals with subthreshold borderline personality disorder

Drews-Windeck, Elea, Evans, Lindsay, Greenwood, Kathryn and Cavanagh, Kate (2022) The implementation of a digital group intervention for individuals with subthreshold borderline personality disorder. Procedia Computer Science, 206. pp. 23-33. ISSN 1877-0509

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Systems Training for Emotional Predictability and Problem Solving for Emotional Intensity (STEPPS-EI), a 13-week skills-based group intervention for individuals with subthreshold borderline personality disorder (BPD) has been deemed feasible and clinically effective in primary care [1] [2]. To modernize the service, STEPPS-EI lesson content has recently built onto an eHealth platform (Minddistrict). Due to Covid-19 restrictions, group sessions were additionally delivered remotely via Zoom. This project evaluates the implementation of this digitally blended version of STEPPS-EI within two Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SPFT) primary care services.

Service users and pracitioners who participated in the first two groups from March to July 2021 were invited to take part in a feasibility evaluation investigating recruitment, retention, and attendance rates, in addition to self-reported symptoms (BSL-23, QuEST), quality of life (ReQoL), system usability, and qualitative and quantitative measures designed to shed light on the experience and opinions of service users and practitioners during the intervention. Service users participating in following groups (from July to December 2021) were invited to share their symptom and quality of life outcome data only.

14 service users and 5 practitioners agreed to take part in the primary evaluation. Results suggested that 86% of these service users attended at least 75% of the group sessions, and that service users completed on average 70% of the online material. Usability ratings revealed good gradings for Zoom from all participants, yet lower gradings for Minddistrict. Further analyses revealed a generally positive attitude towards digital STEPPS-EI from all parties and practical suggestions on how to improve the intervention. 11 service users from following groups agreed to share their data. Bayesian analyses were conducted for the data of service users who provided ratings at both timepoints. Evidence was found for a decrease in BSL-23 scores and an increase in ReQoL ratings from baseline to post-intervention. Incomplete self-report data-sets limits conclusions.

It was found that the implementation of STEPPS-EI delivered in a blended digital format was feasible. The online delivery might increase service users' engagement with the material and group sessions. Yet more training and support on the use of Minddistrict may be required to increase usability.

It may be possible to effectively implement digital interventions for individuals with subthreshold BPD. However, more research on the effect of these on symptom outcomes should follow.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Clinical Research, Behavioral and Social Science, Mental health, Good Health and Well Being
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
SWORD Depositor: Mx Elements Account
Depositing User: Mx Elements Account
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2022 10:24
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2022 14:06

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