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Abstract

Peer support specialists (i.e., lay interventionists representing one of the fastest-growing mental health workforce) are increasingly using technologies to support individuals with mental health challenges between clinical encounters. The use of technology by peers has been significantly increased During COVID-19. Despite the wide array of technologies available, there is no framework designed specifically for peer support specialists and service users to select technologies to support their personal recovery. The objective of the study was to develop a Decision-Support Tool for Peer Support Specialists and Service Users to facilitate shared decision-making when choosing technologies to support personal recovery. The study used an iterative co-production process, including item formulation and a series of group cognitive interviews with peer support specialists and service users (n=9; n=9, n=4). The total sample included 22 participants: peer support specialists (n=18, 81.8%) and service users (n=4, 18.2%). The final version of the Decision-Support Tool for Peer Support Specialists and Service Users (D-SPSS), includes 8 domains: (1) privacy and security; (2) cost; (3) usability; (4) accessibility; (5) inclusion and equity; (6) recovery principles; (7) personalized for service users’ needs; and (8) device set-up. Our study found that involving peer support specialists and service users in the design and co-production phase of a decision-support tool is feasible and has the potential to empower both peer support specialists and service users, and potentially increase engagement in the use of technologies that support individuals’ recovery from traditional clinical encounters.

Experience Framework

This article is associated with the Innovation & Technology lens of The Beryl Institute Experience Framework (https://www.theberylinstitute.org/ExperienceFramework).

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