New engagement data shared at ISRII 2019

Recently members of the EMPOWER team were privileged to attend the the International Society for Research on Internet Interventions (ISRII) conference in Auckland, New Zealand. Stephanie Alan provides an update.

EMPOWER is a clinician led and peer worker supported digital intervention which is being tested in a clinical trial. An important part of this research trip was Chief Investigator, Professor Andrew Gumley, sharing learning from EMPOWER (so far) in his presentation about intervention delivery.

So, how is EMPOWER going so far?

  • 4 mental health teams were allocated to EMPOWER and 4 were to treatment as usual.
  • 42 people were allocated to the EMPOWER App with 39 people having the App installed.

As of February 14th 2019 there have been 39 people who have had the EMPOWER App installed.

  • This group have used the App on average 134 days (0 – 233).
  • People have responded to questionnaires on 71% of occasions (0 – 100%).
  • 78% of participants have responded to at least 33%* of invitations to record their wellbeing.

We are now able to share his presentation here which includes more information on key aspects of both recruitment and intervention delivery. This presentation was part of a symposium with researchers from all around the world (including some we met in Australia) speaking about interventions for people who experience psychosis.


78% of participants have responded to at least 33% of invitations to record their wellbeing

ISRII is not just about psychosis, and Andrew, Steph, Simon and Hamish (our very own New Zealand native) were able to attend presentations on everything from data privacy, user experience testing and machine learning. Furthermore, we met many people with similar interests. We hope that what we have learned during our trip will be useful for EMPOWER and beyond.

*Responding to 33% of invitations was the level we set at the outset of the study as an acceptable level of adherence to the intervention. Responding to 33% of invitations is the level of engagement that is generally accepted in research of this kind.