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Use of Software for Tablet Computers to Promote Engagement With Supported Employment: Results From an RCT
William R. Haslett, Ph.D.; Gregory J. McHugo, Ph.D.; Gary R. Bond, Ph.D.; Robert E. Drake, M.D., Ph.D.
Psychiatric Services 2014; doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.201300275
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Dr. Haslett is with Gile Mountain Scientific, L.L.C., Salt Lake City, Utah (e-mail: will.haslett@gmail.com). The other authors are with the Department Psychiatry, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire.

Copyright © 2014 by the American Psychiatric Association

Abstract

Objective  Information technology is opening up new ways to engage people who may benefit from psychiatric services. This study examined an intervention to promote engagement in supported employment for use with a tablet computer.

Methods  In a randomized controlled trial, 45 clients at an urban community mental health agency received a software application for use with a computer tablet and a brochure to promote engagement with supported employment services (N=22) or only the brochure (N=23). Engagement was defined as requesting and attending an in-person meeting with an employment specialist within 30 days postintervention.

Results  Engagement was reported for 11 (50%) participants who received the tablet-based application and one participant (4%) who received only the brochure (odds ratio=22.95, 95% confidence interval=2.51–193.38).

Conclusions  Mobile computer–based engagement interventions can promote initial contact between clients and employment specialists.

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Table 1Predictors of engagement in supported employment services among 45 clients at an urban community mental health agencya
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a Engagement was defined as requesting and attending an in-person meeting with an employment specialist within 30 days postintervention.

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