A collaborative project to monitor and improve engagement in talking therapies.

Theresa Smith (University of Bath)

Friday 30th October, 2020 15:00-16:00 Zoom


Over the past two years, I have been working on a joint research project between the University of Bath and as software company Mayden to develop and test models to predict whether a patient in NHS England’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) programme will attend their therapy appointments, allowing for targeted intervention to be developed. Currently only a third of patients referred to IAPT complete their treatment and of these only half reach recovery. Given that nearly two thirds of people in the UK report having experienced mental health problems, these rates are concerning.

In this talk, I’ll give an overview of the collaboration and present the co-development and findings of two recent papers investigating factors associated with engagement in IAPT services:
• Predicting patient engagement in IAPT services: a statistical analysis of electronic health records (doi: 10.1136/ebmental-2019-300133)
• Impact of COVID-19 on Primary Care Mental Health Services: A Descriptive, Cross-Sectional Timeseries of Electronic Healthcare Records (doi: 10.1101/2020.08.15.20175562)

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