User Engagement with Mental Health Apps and Health Outcomes

Project Lead: Alice Zhang

Collaborators: CBITs

Mobile technology has become a crucial medium for delivering health interventions and supporting behavior change. IntelliCare is a suite of 13 mobile apps targeting depression and anxiety developed by CBITS. A field trial and a randomized controlled trial (RCT) have been conducted since 2016 to evaluate the efficacy of InteliCare. We conducted semi-structured interviews with IntelliCare users to understand how they used and adapted these apps to attain their goals. Additionally, we drew on system usage data to analyze how different patterns of use predicted improvement in depression and anxiety.