OBJECTIVE:Adapting therapeutic practice from traditional face-to-face exchange to remote technology-based delivery presents challenges for the therapist, patient, and technical writer. This article documents the process of therapy adaptation and the resultant specification for the SMART2 project-a technology-based self-management system for assisting long-term health conditions, including chronic pain.MATERIALS AND METHODS:Focus group discussions with healthcare professionals and patients were conducted to inform selection of therapeutic objectives and appropriate technology.RESULTS:Pertinent challenges are identified, relating to (1) reduction and definition of therapeutic objectives, and (2) how to approach adaptation of therapy to a form suited to technology delivery. The requirement of the system to provide dynamic and intelligent responses to patient experience and behavior is also emphasized.CONCLUSION:Solutions to these challenges are described in the context of the SMART2 technology-based intervention. More explicit discussion and documentation of therapy adaptation to technology-based delivery within the literature is encouraged.
Rosser, BA., McCullagh, P., Davies, R., Mountain, GA., McCracken, L., & Eccleston, C. (2011). Technology-mediated therapy for chronic pain management: the challenges of adapting behavior change interventions for delivery with pervasive communication technology. Telemedicine and e-Health, 17(3), 211-216. https://doi.org/10.1089/tmj.2010.0136