Condition category
Mental and Behavioural Disorders
Date applied
09/08/2019
Date assigned
03/09/2019
Last edited
02/09/2019
Prospective/Retrospective
Retrospectively registered
Overall trial status
Completed
Recruitment status
No longer recruiting

Plain English Summary

Background and study aims
Digital services have been found promising in managing different aspects of health, also stress. We developed a web service for cultivating the positive side of stress based on the stress experiences of entrepreneurs. Our research objectives are to study the acceptance and usage of the Eustress Toolbox web service, and based on the findings, provide design implications to support the design of digital well-being services, especially in the entrepreneurial context.

Who can participate?
Our study is intended for entrepreneurs and people having an entrepreneur-type job description.

What does the study involve?
The study involves participating in a kick-off session, using the web service “Eustress Toolbox” for 6 weeks as a part of one’s daily life, responding to study questionnaires on work engagement, stress and user experience of the service. In addition, half of the participants are interviewed after the 6-week period of service use.

What are the possible benefits and risks of participating?
The participants may learn new skills related to occupational well-being. The participants are reimbursed with movie tickets; the participants attending to a final interview received four movie tickets each and other participants two movie tickets. Participation does not involve risks for the participants.

Where is the study run from?
The study is conducted in Finland by the researchers of VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd and Tampere University.

When is the study starting and how long is it expected to run for?
June 2015 to December 2015.

Who is funding the study?
The study is funded by Tekes - the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd and Tampere University.

Who is the main contact?
The main contact is Päivi Heikkilä (paivi.heikkila@vtt.fi) from VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.

Trial website

Contact information

Type

Scientific

Primary contact

Ms Päivi Heikkilä

ORCID ID

http://orcid.org/0000-0002-8999-179X

Contact details

P. O. Box 1300
Tampere
FI-33101
Finland
+358503655111
paivi.heikkila@vtt.fi

Additional identifiers

EudraCT number

Nil known

ClinicalTrials.gov number

Nil known

Protocol/serial number

N/A

Study information

Scientific title

Field Study of a Web Service for Stimulating the Positive Side of Stress: Entrepreneurs’ Experiences and Design Implications

Acronym

N/A

Study hypothesis

The study evaluated user acceptance and experience of a web service for promoting skills for experiencing positive stress.

Ethics approval

This study did not require ethics approval according to the guidelines of the Ethics Committee of the Tampere region. The study was conducted with adult volunteers who gave informed consent, the study did not involve intervention with physical integrity of participants, or did not expose them to risks regarding to their mental health and safety. More information: https://www.tuni.fi/en/research/responsible-research/ethical-reviews-in-human-sciences

Study design

A single-arm 6-week field study

Primary study design

Other

Secondary study design

Trial setting

Internet

Trial type

Quality of life

Patient information sheet

Not available in web format, please use contact details to request a participant information sheet.

Condition

Occupational well-being and eustress skills of entrepreneurs and entrepreneur-type employees..

Intervention

The selection of participants is made based on a recruitment questionnaire to include entrepreneurs or people having an entrepreneur-like job description. The selected participants first respond to an online questionnaire on stress and work engagement. All participants are invited to a kick-off session, which introduces the phenomenon of positive stress, the study procedures and the web service to be tested. After that, they start using the web service independently, as a part of their daily life, during a six-week period. After about two weeks of use, they receive an online user experience questionnaire of their first impressions of the service, and at the end of the period, a final user experience questionnaire and the same stress and work engagement questionnaires as at baseline. Finally, about half of the participants are interviewed to deepen the data obtained with questionnaires.

Intervention type

Behavioural

Phase

Drug names

Primary outcome measure

User acceptance and experience, development needs and design implications are measured with two questionnaires at 2 weeks and 6 weeks, and a final interview at 6 weeks.

Secondary outcome measures

1. Usage activity of the web service is determined using log files after the 6-week usage period.
2. Perceived stress is measured using the Perceived Stress Scale at baseline and after the 6-week usage period.
3. Work engagement is measured using the Utrecht Work Engagement Scale at baseline and after the 6-week usage period.
4. Perceived benefits of the service are measured with two single-item scales on positive and negative stress after 6-week usage period as a part of the final user experience questionnaire.

Overall trial start date

01/06/2015

Overall trial end date

31/12/2015

Reason abandoned (if study stopped)

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

Entrepreneur or employee with an entrepreneur-type job description.

Participant type

Healthy volunteer

Age group

Adult

Gender

Both

Target number of participants

20-30

Participant exclusion criteria

N/A

Recruitment start date

15/09/2015

Recruitment end date

21/10/2015

Locations

Countries of recruitment

Finland

Trial participating centre

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.
P. O. Box 1300
Tampere
FI-33101
Finland

Trial participating centre

Tampere University
Tampere
FI-33014
Finland

Sponsor information

Organisation

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd

Sponsor details

P.O. Box 1000
Espoo
FI-02044
Finland
+ 358 20 722 7001
kirjaamo@vtt.fi

Sponsor type

Research organisation

Website

https://www.vttresearch.com/

Funders

Funder type

Government

Funder name

Tekes

Alternative name(s)

Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation

Funding Body Type

government organisation

Funding Body Subtype

government non-federal

Location

Finland

Funder name

Teknologian Tutkimuskeskus VTT

Alternative name(s)

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Funding Body Type

private sector organisation

Funding Body Subtype

corporate

Location

Finland

Funder name

Tampereen Yliopisto

Alternative name(s)

University of Tampere, UTA

Funding Body Type

government organisation

Funding Body Subtype

government non-federal

Location

Finland

Results and Publications

Publication and dissemination plan

We plan to publish the field study results in 2019.

IPD sharing statement: We can provide anonymous data for specified research questions. The data includes usage log data, as well as data from stress and work engagement questionnaires and user experience questionnaires without open-ended questions and demographic information, which may reveal the identity of the participants. The data is in Finnish and can be requested from Päivi Heikkilä, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.

Intention to publish date

31/12/2019

Participant level data

Available on request

Basic results (scientific)

Publication list

Publication citations

Additional files

Editorial Notes

02/09/2019: Trial's existence confirmed by the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation (Tekes).