Earlier this month we spoke to Dr Tom Grange, Chartered Clinical Psychologist, to find out about his experiences of using Q-interactive and his hopes that the delivery of tests via iPad will become the future of all psychometrics.
Dr Grange has been using the WISC–IVUK and WAIS–IVUK subtests from the Q-interactive library in both NHS and Independent settings. The age range of his clients has been children aged 7 to 18 and adults aged 25 year and over.
As one of the first UK Psychologists to try Q-interactive, can you tell us what your initial impressions were?
For my first time using Q-interactive I found that it was actually easier than using the paper version, which I have undertaken dozens of times. To date, I have used the first 10 subtests of both the WISC–IVUKand WAIS–IVUK.
What I found to be particularly useful is that all the information is located in one place, i.e. you do not have to constantly keep switching between the manual, stop watch, scoring forms, stimulus, books, etc. Additionally, the stopwatch function is a revelation as it prompts you when time is short and when you need to give a prompt.
Overall, I have found that delivering the WISC–IVUK and WAIS–IVUK via the iPad greatly reduces the attentional demands upon the clinician.
How did your clients respond to this new type of assessment delivery?
I have used the tools with children aged 7 years to 18 years, and adults aged 25 plus. Generally speaking, adults experienced no difficulties with the delivery of the assessments via iPad. The children were enthusiastic about its use.
What did you find to be intuitive about Q-interactive? Are there any features you particularly liked using, or were there challenges?
When using Q-interactive for the first few times there are aspects which are very different to the hand scored version, which were challenging. For example, the presentation of the final scores (scaled, composite etc) is quite different. However, after having completed three or four, one quickly adjusts to the new layout.
Has Q-interactive impacted upon your time and workflow?
Simply put, it reduces the time required to deliver and interpret the test due to the seamless transition between tests and the automatic scoring.
Did you require training to help you become familiar with Q-interactive?
To become familiar with Q-interactive I used the training videos provided via qiactive.com and attended an onboarding webinar. At first use, I was able to contact the Q-interactive staff very easily and all teething problems were short-lived.
Have you experienced any factors that have prevented you from using Q-interactive more in conducting your assessments?
None, I have stopped using paper versions of the WISC–IVUK and WAIS–IVUK completely.
How have your colleagues responded to Q-interactive? Have they been interested in the tool and keen to trial this too?
Yes, I have shown it to NHS colleagues whom have expressed interest.
Do you have any other comments about your experience of Q-interactive that you would like to share?
I am hoping that delivery of tests via iPad will become the future of all psychometrics.
Thanks to Dr Grange for submitting this review.