Bessell, A., Clarke, A., Harcourt, D., Moss, T. and Rumsey, N.
Incorporating user perspectives in the design of an online
intervention tool for people with visible differences: Face IT.
Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 38 (5).
Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1352465810000305
Background: Individuals with visible differences can experience social anxiety in relation to their appearance. Social skills-based psychosocial interventions have to date shown only limited effectiveness at addressing their concerns. Aims: To incorporate user perspectives
in the development of an online psychosocial intervention, known as Face IT. Method and Results: Study one consisted of a needs assessment with 12 individuals with a visible
difference and six health professionals in order to identify the difficulties experienced by those with visible difference and obtain feedback on the proposed content of Face IT. The findings demonstrated support for the social skills model and the use of an online intervention.
Study two consisted of an empirical usability evaluation of Face IT with 14 potential users and 14 health professionals. Based on feedback from the participants, changes were made to the graphics and navigation of the programme. The clinical content has been made more
acceptable. Conclusions: The findings indicate support for the importance of social skillsbased psychosocial interventions for addressing the needs of those with a visible difference, and have allowed modifications to be made to Face IT ahead of a randomized controlled trial
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