Virtual companion app supports children with ADHD

Agents in Records is a new app designed to provide support to people with psychiatric disorders between clinic visits. Developed by Dr Zina Ibrahim and colleagues at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King’s College London, it is currently being trialled by 200 children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and their parents. The trial is funded by the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity.

Users of Agents in Records can record their mood, behaviour and activities on a regular basis. Progress can be viewed in the form of immediate graphical and textual feedback. Users can also access resources and tips for managing symptoms specifically tailored for them.

The app provides instant feedback about progress as a reward to encourage users to respond to requests for updates about how they are feeling. All of the data recorded in the app is then fed back in real time to the users’ electronic health records. This enables clinicians to identify problems earlier and offer more timely treatment. Users can also choose for their information to be shared anonymously for research, ultimately enabling improved experiences and outcomes for people with mental illness.

The Agents in Records app is designed to engage and empower people with mental health conditions to manage their own care outside hospital and increase their commitment to treatment. The app offers great potential for a range of mental health conditions, and there are now plans to use it to help people with addictions stay on the road to recovery.