What Makes the NiceDay Way Effective? Research on the effectiveness of NiceDay Way treatments and its treatment elements.
Sep 2021 - Dec 2021
NiceDay offers digital mental health treatments through a mobile phone application specifically designed to support the “NiceDay Way” treatment approach. The NiceDay app facilitates flexible communication between therapist and client, the application of evidence-based treatment protocols, and allows clients to track habits, tasks, progress and more. This technology is an integral part of NiceDay Way treatments that can be conceptualized into four pillars. The first pillar focuses on establishing the therapy goals and building a strong collaborative relationship with the therapist and social circle (Working together on your growth). The second pillar describes the process in which clients read blogs and psychoeducation; and track their progress, emotions, and other therapy related activities in the NiceDay app. The tracked information is then displayed on the therapists dashboard so that clients and therapists can work together to gain insight into the therapeutic process (dynamic process). These insights feed into the third pillar which encompasses the application of the evidence-based treatment protocols and methods that best support the client (evidence-based). The last pillar describes how NiceDay treatments focus on progress instead of problems. By affirming the clients strengths, and giving insight into their weaknesses and how to overcome them, clients are empowered to sustain their mental health after treatment has finished (continue with confidence).
Although the NiceDay Way comprises evidence-based and scientifically supported elements, the effectiveness of the combination of these elements in achieving positive treatment outcomes has not been researched yet. Most elements have been researched individually in the context of regular face-to-face therapy but not in a digital setting. Therefore, the primary objective of this study is to validate the effectiveness of the NiceDay Way treatment method in achieving positive treatment results, and to compare its effectiveness to regular face-to-face treatments in terms of outcomes and costs. A second objective of this study is to gain more insight into what aspects of the NiceDay Way treatment make the treatment effective so that, ultimately, this information can be used to further improve the NiceDay Way treatment approach.