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New app “Buddy” for chronic diseases

A new digital app for mental health service users (Buddy, Sidekick Studios) is being rolled out in 10 boroughs across the UK, designed to improve attendance rates amongst patients.

The service lets users keep a daily diary of moods and activities, helping to spot and reinforce positive behaviours, as well as providing SMS appointment reminders to prompt the user, which have been shown to increase attendance.

Managing Director James Seward told BJC Arrhythmia Watch that the company plans to expand their work “to support patients with cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – areas where there is a strong evidence base that use of behavioural activation and approaches to improving mental health can lead to better outcomes”.

Buddy is being adopted by mental health service providers across four boroughs in south east London; Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham and Croydon; in North East Essex; and by Pennine and Five Boroughs Partnership (Wigan, St.Helens, Halton, Knowsley and Warrington) in the north west.  It was supported by the NHS London Regional Innovation Fund (RIF) and developed in association with South London and Maudsley Foundation Trust (SLaM).

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Published on: March 9, 2012

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