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Changing Mental Health and Positive Psychological Well-Being Using Ecological Momentary Interventions: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.

Versluis A, Verkuil B, Spinhoven P, van der Ploeg MM, Brosschot JF - J. Med. Internet Res. (2016)

Bottom Line: Overall, 27 studies were included in the meta-analysis, and after removing 6 outliers, a medium effect was found on mental health in the within-subject analyses (n=1008), with g=0.57 and 95% CI (0.45-0.70).In the between-subject studies, 13 studies were included, and a small to medium effect was found (g=0.40, 95% CI: 0.22-0.57).Moreover, the effect was larger with additional support by an MHP.

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Affiliation: Health, Medical and Neuropsychology Unit, Institute of Psychology, Leiden University, Leiden, Netherlands. a.versluis@fsw.leidenuniv.nl.

ABSTRACT

Background: Mental health problems are highly prevalent, and there is need for the self-management of (mental) health. Ecological momentary interventions (EMIs) can be used to deliver interventions in the daily life of individuals using mobile devices.

Objectives: The aim of this study was to systematically assess and meta-analyze the effect of EMI on 3 highly prevalent mental health outcomes (anxiety, depression, and perceived stress) and positive psychological outcomes (eg, acceptance).

Methods: PsycINFO and Web of Science were searched for relevant publications, and the last search was done in September 2015. Three concepts were used to find publications: (1) mental health, (2) mobile phones, and (3) interventions. A total of 33 studies (using either a within- or between-subject design) including 43 samples that received an EMI were identified (n=1301), and relevant study characteristics were coded using a standardized form. Quality assessment was done with the Cochrane Collaboration tool.

Results: Most of the EMIs focused on a clinical sample, used an active intervention (that offered exercises), and in over half of the studies, additional support by a mental health professional (MHP) was given. The EMI lasted on average 7.48 weeks (SD=6.46), with 2.80 training episodes per day (SD=2.12) and 108.25 total training episodes (SD=123.00). Overall, 27 studies were included in the meta-analysis, and after removing 6 outliers, a medium effect was found on mental health in the within-subject analyses (n=1008), with g=0.57 and 95% CI (0.45-0.70). This effect did not differ as function of outcome type (ie, anxiety, depression, perceived stress, acceptance, relaxation, and quality of life). The only moderator for which the effect varied significantly was additional support by an MHP (MHP-supported EMI, g=0.73, 95% CI: 0.57-0.88; stand-alone EMI, g=0.45, 95% CI: 0.22-0.69; stand-alone EMI with access to care as usual, g=0.38, 95% CI: 0.11-0.64). In the between-subject studies, 13 studies were included, and a small to medium effect was found (g=0.40, 95% CI: 0.22-0.57). Yet, these between-subject analyses were at risk for publication bias and were not suited for moderator analyses. Furthermore, the overall quality of the studies was relatively low.

Conclusions: Results showed that there was a small to medium effect of EMIs on mental health and positive psychological well-being and that the effect was not different between outcome types. Moreover, the effect was larger with additional support by an MHP. Future randomized controlled trials are needed to further strengthen the results and to determine potential moderator variables. Overall, EMIs offer great potential for providing easy and cost-effective interventions to improve mental health and increase positive psychological well-being.

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Mentions: A total of 2611 publications were identified with the search strategies after removing duplicates (see Figure 1) [29]. After screening the titles and abstracts, 127 full-text publications were screened for eligibility. Most of these publications were excluded because no (mobile phone) intervention was studied, the intervention was not automated (ie, not independent from therapist), or no outcome data were discussed (methodological paper). A total of 32 publications were considered relevant and were included in the analysis (see Tables 1 and 2). In these 32 publications, 33 different studies were reported using 43 samples that received an EMI (n=1301). The included study by Huffziger et al [26] was technically an ecological momentary assessment study (with an experimental manipulation) and not an EMI. However, considering that the manipulation that was used (mindfulness attention induction) can be seen as an intervention, the study was included.


Changing Mental Health and Positive Psychological Well-Being Using Ecological Momentary Interventions: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.

Versluis A, Verkuil B, Spinhoven P, van der Ploeg MM, Brosschot JF - J. Med. Internet Res. (2016)

PRISMA flow diagram for study inclusion.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

License 1 - License 2
Show All Figures
getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC4940607&req=5

figure1: PRISMA flow diagram for study inclusion.
Mentions: A total of 2611 publications were identified with the search strategies after removing duplicates (see Figure 1) [29]. After screening the titles and abstracts, 127 full-text publications were screened for eligibility. Most of these publications were excluded because no (mobile phone) intervention was studied, the intervention was not automated (ie, not independent from therapist), or no outcome data were discussed (methodological paper). A total of 32 publications were considered relevant and were included in the analysis (see Tables 1 and 2). In these 32 publications, 33 different studies were reported using 43 samples that received an EMI (n=1301). The included study by Huffziger et al [26] was technically an ecological momentary assessment study (with an experimental manipulation) and not an EMI. However, considering that the manipulation that was used (mindfulness attention induction) can be seen as an intervention, the study was included.

Bottom Line: Overall, 27 studies were included in the meta-analysis, and after removing 6 outliers, a medium effect was found on mental health in the within-subject analyses (n=1008), with g=0.57 and 95% CI (0.45-0.70).In the between-subject studies, 13 studies were included, and a small to medium effect was found (g=0.40, 95% CI: 0.22-0.57).Moreover, the effect was larger with additional support by an MHP.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: Health, Medical and Neuropsychology Unit, Institute of Psychology, Leiden University, Leiden, Netherlands. a.versluis@fsw.leidenuniv.nl.

ABSTRACT

Background: Mental health problems are highly prevalent, and there is need for the self-management of (mental) health. Ecological momentary interventions (EMIs) can be used to deliver interventions in the daily life of individuals using mobile devices.

Objectives: The aim of this study was to systematically assess and meta-analyze the effect of EMI on 3 highly prevalent mental health outcomes (anxiety, depression, and perceived stress) and positive psychological outcomes (eg, acceptance).

Methods: PsycINFO and Web of Science were searched for relevant publications, and the last search was done in September 2015. Three concepts were used to find publications: (1) mental health, (2) mobile phones, and (3) interventions. A total of 33 studies (using either a within- or between-subject design) including 43 samples that received an EMI were identified (n=1301), and relevant study characteristics were coded using a standardized form. Quality assessment was done with the Cochrane Collaboration tool.

Results: Most of the EMIs focused on a clinical sample, used an active intervention (that offered exercises), and in over half of the studies, additional support by a mental health professional (MHP) was given. The EMI lasted on average 7.48 weeks (SD=6.46), with 2.80 training episodes per day (SD=2.12) and 108.25 total training episodes (SD=123.00). Overall, 27 studies were included in the meta-analysis, and after removing 6 outliers, a medium effect was found on mental health in the within-subject analyses (n=1008), with g=0.57 and 95% CI (0.45-0.70). This effect did not differ as function of outcome type (ie, anxiety, depression, perceived stress, acceptance, relaxation, and quality of life). The only moderator for which the effect varied significantly was additional support by an MHP (MHP-supported EMI, g=0.73, 95% CI: 0.57-0.88; stand-alone EMI, g=0.45, 95% CI: 0.22-0.69; stand-alone EMI with access to care as usual, g=0.38, 95% CI: 0.11-0.64). In the between-subject studies, 13 studies were included, and a small to medium effect was found (g=0.40, 95% CI: 0.22-0.57). Yet, these between-subject analyses were at risk for publication bias and were not suited for moderator analyses. Furthermore, the overall quality of the studies was relatively low.

Conclusions: Results showed that there was a small to medium effect of EMIs on mental health and positive psychological well-being and that the effect was not different between outcome types. Moreover, the effect was larger with additional support by an MHP. Future randomized controlled trials are needed to further strengthen the results and to determine potential moderator variables. Overall, EMIs offer great potential for providing easy and cost-effective interventions to improve mental health and increase positive psychological well-being.

No MeSH data available.


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