App-guided exposure and response prevention for obsessive compulsive disorder: an open pilot trial.

Cognitive behaviour therapy

PubMedID: 28565937

Boisseau CL, Schwartzman CM, Lawton J, Mancebo MC. App-guided exposure and response prevention for obsessive compulsive disorder: an open pilot trial. Cogn Behav Ther. 2017;1-12.
Although effective treatments for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) exist, there are significant barriers to receiving evidence-based care. Mobile health applications (Apps) offer a promising way of overcoming these barriers by increasing access to treatment. The current study investigated the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary efficacy of LiveOCDFree, an App designed to help OCD patients conduct exposure and response prevention (ERP). Twenty-one participants with mild to moderate symptoms of OCD were enrolled in a 12-week open trial of App-guided self-help ERP. Self-report assessments of OCD, depression, anxiety, and quality of life were completed at baseline, mid-treatment, and post-treatment. App-guided ERP was a feasible and acceptable self-help intervention for individuals with OCD, with high rates of retention and satisfaction. PARTICIPANTS
reported significant improvement in OCD and anxiety symptoms pre- to post-treatment.

FINDINGS
suggest that LiveOCDFree is a feasible and acceptable self-help intervention for OCD.Preliminary efficacy results are encouraging and point to the potential utility of mobile Apps in expanding the reach of existing empirically supported treatments.