Methods: This technology demonstration will highlight the capabilities of the HopeChat tool for designing, deploying and studying chatbot based behavior change interventions. We will demonstrate how HopeChat has been used to deploy Vivibot on Facebook Messenger - a chatbot based positive psychology intervention for reducing psychosocial distress in young cancer survivors.
Results: HopeChat is a flexible and user friendly application that has the potential to support a wide range of behavior change applications - making this technology accessible and convenient for a diverse range of prevention research areas. During the demonstration we will share suggestions for potential opportunities for other researchers to utilize this technology for preventative health applications.
Conclusions: Chatbots have a unique potential to support preventative health interventions at scale. HopeChat provides a new innovation in how these chatbots can be easily designed, developed and empirically tested which is needed in order to realize this vision.