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Korean Journal of Schizophrenia Research 2016;19(1):10-16.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.16946/kjsr.2016.19.1.10    Published online April 30, 2016.
Development of Smartphone Application for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy-Based Case Management in Patients with Schizophrenia.
Sung Wan Kim, Ga Young Lee, Hye Young Yu, Ji Hyun Park, Yong Sung Lee, Ju Wan Kim, Cheol Park, Ju Yeon Lee, Yo Han Lee, Jae Min Kim, Jin Sang Yoon
1Gwangju Bukgu Community Mental Health Center, Gwangju, Korea.
2Department of Psychiatry, Chonnam National University Medical School, Gwangju, Korea. jsyoon@chonnam.ac.kr
3Department of Psychiatry, St. John Hospital, Gwangju, Korea.
Abstract
OBJECTIVES
This article aims to describe the development of smartphone application for the case management of patients with schizophrenia.
METHODS
Gwangju Bukgu-Community Mental Health Center developed and launched a smartphone application (HYM) for cognitive-behavioral case management and symptom monitoring. The development of the application involved psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, psychologists, and software technicians from a software development company (Goosl Corp.).
RESULTS
The HYM application for clients includes six main modules including Thought record, Symptom record, Daily life record, Official notices, Communication, and Scales. The key module is the 'Thought Record' for self-directed cognitive-behavioral treatment (CBT). When the client writes and sends the self-CBT sheet to the case manager, the latter receives a notification and can provide feedback in real time. 'Communication' and 'Official notices' are useful for promoting communication between case managers and clients with schizophrenia. Ratings in 'Symptom record', 'Daily life record', and 'Scales' modules are stored in graphic or table form representing changes in them and shared with case managers.
CONCLUSION
The interactive function of this application is the key characteristics that distinguishes it from other mobile self-treatment tools. This smartphone application may contribute to the development of a youth- and customer-friendly case management system for individuals with early psychosis.
Key Words: Case management · Cognitive behavioral therapy · Community mental health center · Early intervention · Schizophrenia · Smartphone application


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