OliTool Trial In University Setting
MULTIPHASE RANDOMISED CASE STUDY EXETER UNIVERSITY, SPRING 2017
Olitool was trialled at Exeter University in spring 2017 on university students and staff experiencing stress and worry. The trial, carried out at arms length by Exeter University Professor Ed Watkins, used a multiphase randomised case study trial methodolgy with fourteen individuals classifed as high worriers over a six week trial period. The result showed both noticeable and consistent reduction in worry behaviours and some statistically significant behaviour change outcomes. The study provided proof of principle that Olitool can help people change their behaviours and manage their worries.
This university student population has been critical to our product development. With participatory design fundamental to our design process, our initial participatory design sessions at both Goldsmith’s University and University College London (UCL) were with university students as well as individuals in the therapeutic community (psychotherapists, counselors, etc.). The development of OliTool’s hardware and software was largely informed by the information gathered in these sessions. We are continuing 'in the wild' testing to improve the system and ensure its effectiveness.
Testimonials from the trial included the following: