How does DIALOG+ work?
In DIALOG+, patients rate their satisfaction with eight areas of life and three treatment aspects. The ratings are completed and displayed on a tablet, computer or mobile and can be compared with any previous ratings. After considering the ratings, the patients then decide which concerns they want to discuss in the given meeting. Each concern will then be addressed in a four-step approach:
- Understanding the problem and emphasising ways of successful coping;
- Identifying the best-case scenario and the smallest step forward that would make a noticeable difference;
- Exploring options for what the patient, the clinician and others can do to improve the patient’s situation; and
- Agreeing on actions, which will then be reviewed at the next meeting
DIALOG+ provides assessment, planning, intervention and evaluation in one procedure. The frequency and intervals of using it are flexible.
Progressive Web Application
As of January 2021, DIALOG+ is now available as a Progressive Web Application (PWA), which can be used on all devices (e.g. computer, tablet, mobile) and all operating systems (e.g. iOS, Android, others). It is free to use and open source which means everyone is welcome to translate it and adapt the technological aspects for their own purpose. Currently, the PWA is available in English and German.
The PWA can be accessed on dialogplus.layer9.technology.
All information about the new DIALOG+ PWA including the code itself and instructions for how to adapt it can be found on github.com/Layer9Berlin/free-dialog-plus. The explanation also addresses technical aspects. Some of the terminology might be difficult to understand for lay people. However, it should be straightforward for anyone with a background in information technology.
All further general information about DIALOG+ with manual, literature and explaining video remains available on this site.
If you would like to know more or discuss details (e.g. how to produce a version in another language), please visit our contact page.
The supporting app
The IOS app is available for iPads and in English only. Visit the Apple App Store.
The Android app is available for tablets and smartphones in the following languages: English, Albanian, Bosnian, Croatian, Dutch, French, Ganda, German, Italian, Macedonian, Montenegrin, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, Serbian, Spanish and Urdu (in transliteration). Tamil is under development. Visit the Google Play store.
If you wish to develop your own language version or translation, please note that this can most easily be done by using the Progressive Web Application (PWA). The PWA is also the most flexible version to use if you are a first-time DIALOG+ user.
A video explaining DIALOG+
DIALOG and DIALOG+ are explained in a video of about 22 minutes. Please click below to watch the video:
We asked service users what matters to them, and their responses are shown in the following video: