In-depth reviews of the Staying on Track app.

Clinical review

: Rachel Massey, Registered Psychologist
Date of review: November 2022
Comments: Staying on Track is an online course with helpful tips for managing stress and improving well being. It contains a good amount of helpful information, tools and tips that can be utilised to manage not only pandemic-related but more general stress, and maintain good mental health and wellbeing overall. The course is suitable for adolescents and adults.
Safety concerns: None.
New Zealand relevance: Yes, relevant to a New Zealand audience.    

Clinical review

The clinical score depends on the context in which Staying on Track is used.

If guided by a relevant health professional with phone or email follow up, or self-guided for highly motivated patients:

If you use this on your own without a health provider, studies show fewer people complete the full course (although completing even one session could be helpful) so the score is lower:

Reviewer: Jeremy Steinberg, GP, FRNZCGP
Date of review: April 2020
Comments: Staying on Track is an online cognitive behavioural therapy course (CBT) covering a variety of CBT tools within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is useful for anyone, from adolescence to older people, who is feeling mental distress during the COVID-19 pandemic, even those without any diagnosable mental health condition.

Staying on Track is a web module that sits inside the Just a Thought website. The website also has modules on depression and generalised anxiety disorder and provides online CBT. Just a Thought was modelled after a well-known and evidence-based Australian programme called This Way Up, with improvements and modifications for the New Zealand context. Healthify’s review of Just a Thought can be found here.

While the depression and anxiety course were modified from the Australian programme, it appears that this COVID-19 course has been written exclusively for Just a Thought. While the COVID-19 module only has 1 lesson compared to 6 for the other 2 courses, the lesson is packed with many helpful, downloadable, written and other resources at the end of the lesson.

The lesson has the same design consistency as the other modules with a comic-book style slide show with 54 slides. It covers 3 topics: taking it one day at a time/mindfulness, it’s OK to not feel OK, and staying connected.

Like other online CBT courses, the risk of non-completion is very high without supervision. However, with completion (or possibly even partial completion) the literature is quite clear that online CBT is effective. These issues are discussed further in the general review, and the strengths and limitations remain the same for this module.

Technologically the course is missing the function of saving the user’s answers into the worksheets in the summary section. It is not immediately clear that you cannot save your answers and so I suspect some may feel a bit let down if they try to access their previously completed worksheets and they see them empty.
Safety concerns: None.
New Zealand relevance: Written for the New Zealand context.

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