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DTx Companion for General Anxiety: Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the Ieso Homework Companion?

    The app is designed for mild to moderate patients who suffer from symptoms of general anxiety and worry. It is simple to use and is implemented in a conversational style (using some buttons and some free-text inputs). It was developed by clinical experts, software engineers, and natural language processing scientists to be used to complement your existing Ieso therapy.

  • Who's it for?

    It is currently only for patients who are under-going treatment with an Ieso therapist in the UK and have been invited to trial.

  • Who gets invited?

    For more information, please click here.

  • How does it work?

    Patients will be directed to start using the app to complete between session activities. The therapist will be able to review the activities that have been completed and discuss them in therapy if relevant.

  • What activities does it support?

    The app supports the following activities;

    • Progressive Muscle Relaxation (approx. 15 mins): the user is guided through a relaxation exercise.

    • Vicious Cycle (approx. 10 mins): the user learns to identify the thoughts, behaviours, sensations, and emotions experienced in a recent anxious situation.

    • Worry Diary (approx. 10 mins): the user learns to log worries and reflect on them over time. A quick entry method can be used on subsequent visits (approx. 1 mins). An activity that reflects on common themes in the diary is available after the user has entered 10 worries (approx. 10 mins).

    • Worry Classification (approx. 10 mins): the user learns to distinguish between hypothetical and practical worries. Note: This activity only becomes available when the user has already completed the Vicious Cycle and Worry Diary activities.

    • Worry Time (approx. 10 mins): the user learns to defer hypothetical worrying to a specific time. Note: This activity only becomes available when the user has completed the Worry Classification activity.

    • Problem Solving (approx. 10 mins): the user learns to engage practical worries using problem solving skills. Note: This activity only becomes available when the user has completed the Worry Classification activity.

    Note: Activities are tailored such that they become customised on subsequent interactions.

  • How can I see activities that I did previously?

    As the app is implemented in a conversational style, you can scroll back through your history to see what was said previously.

  • If you have an unresolved question regarding the trial and app, please contact the Chief Investigator of the study. Details available here:

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