App-guided exposure and response prevention for obsessive compulsive disorder: an open pilot trial

Christina L. Boisseau*, Carly M. Schwartzman, Jessica Lawton, Maria C. Mancebo

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Although effective treatments for obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) exist, there are significant barriers to receiving evidence-based care. Mobile health applications (Apps) offer a promising way of overcoming these barriers by increasing access to treatment. The current study investigated the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary efficacy of LiveOCDFree, an App designed to help OCD patients conduct exposure and response prevention (ERP). Twenty-one participants with mild to moderate symptoms of OCD were enrolled in a 12-week open trial of App-guided self-help ERP. Self-report assessments of OCD, depression, anxiety, and quality of life were completed at baseline, mid-treatment, and post-treatment. App-guided ERP was a feasible and acceptable self-help intervention for individuals with OCD, with high rates of retention and satisfaction. Participants reported significant improvement in OCD and anxiety symptoms pre- to post-treatment. Findings suggest that LiveOCDFree is a feasible and acceptable self-help intervention for OCD. Preliminary efficacy results are encouraging and point to the potential utility of mobile Apps in expanding the reach of existing empirically supported treatments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)447-458
Number of pages12
JournalCognitive Behaviour Therapy
Volume46
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2 2017

Keywords

  • Smartphone
  • acceptability
  • mobile
  • ritual
  • self-help

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology

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