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Accessibility and Digital Mental Health: Considerations for More Accessible and Equitable Mental Health Apps

John Bunyi, Kathryn E. Ringland, Stephen M. Schueller
2021 Frontiers in Digital Health  
In this piece, we define accessibility as it relates to mental health apps, describe the current state of accessibility in the digital world broadly and in mental health apps more specifically, outline  ...  why accessibility matters in mental health apps, and identify future steps to better incorporate accessibility into research and development of mental health apps.  ...  More examples are provided in Figure 1 . Accessibility for mental health apps requires making similar considerations as one would in the broader digital world.  ... 
doi:10.3389/fdgth.2021.742196 pmid:34713206 pmcid:PMC8521906 fatcat:dkkah7kclzh2teblhakmnld53u

Editorial: Responsible Digital Health

Naseem Ahmadpour, Geke Ludden, Dorian Peters, Karina Vold
2022 Frontiers in Digital Health  
For example, in a review of the landscape of mobile apps for digital mental health in Spanish, Oñate Muñoz et al. reveal that, while thoughtfully designed apps could hold the key for reducing mental health  ...  But in order to make progress toward more responsible practice within digital health, we need more systematic approaches, more research into the ethical implications of digital technology use for health  ...  design of digital health.  ... 
doi:10.3389/fdgth.2021.841477 pmid:35128520 pmcid:PMC8813777 fatcat:6awedkhzefbifj57nfsv5hjbcq

Digital Mental Health Amid COVID-19

Luke Balcombe, Diego De Leo
2021 Encyclopedia  
Digital Mental Health is information and communication technology used in mental health services delivered or boosted through the Internet and related technologies, smartphone and wearable technologies  ...  It is predominantly used as self-help services or with the assistance of a (para-)professional and/or artificial intelligence for the provision of mental health promotion as well as mental ill-health identification  ...  Despite the challenges of providing ethical, effective, accessible, and equitable care, digital mental health is delivering innovative ways of serving those who are isolated, lonely, and at-risk of stress  ... 
doi:10.3390/encyclopedia1040080 fatcat:7fnyxo6tkfbrnh5fvjen2ewwle

A Call to Action: Using and Extending Human-Centered Design Methodologies to Improve Mental and Behavioral Health Equity

Colleen Stiles-Shields, Caroline Cummings, Enid Montague, Jill M. Plevinsky, Alexandra M. Psihogios, Kofoworola D. A. Williams
2022 Frontiers in Digital Health  
communities, to ultimately promote more accessible, useful, and equitable care.  ...  Digital mental health (DMH), the use of technologies to deliver services, have been touted as a way to expand access to care and reduce disparities.  ...  This consideration is a step toward creating useful and sustainable, digital-based, mental health interventions and technologies that are empowering and equitable (63) .  ... 
doi:10.3389/fdgth.2022.848052 pmid:35547091 pmcid:PMC9081673 fatcat:k26a7lab55d6tkzjbc6h6rznn4

Using Mental Health Podcasts for Public Education

Cheryl D. Wills
2020 Academic Psychiatry  
The Internet is a major accessible source of low and no-cost mental health information for patients and the public.  ...  Videos, e-books, questionnaires, checklists, apps, and electronic games can be critiqued by residents, in the future, for their suitability as mental health education tools for public use.  ... 
doi:10.1007/s40596-020-01268-z pmid:32648157 fatcat:wsrpciojybhlrmet3s6bt73lni

Mental health Apps to address inequitable access to care in specific regions of the global North and South: A scoping review

Raneeshan Rasendran, Farah Ahmad
2021 International Health Trends and Perspectives  
The findings are also discussed in relation to the digital innovations for mental health in the pandemic.  ...  Conclusion: Awareness of MHAPPs and logistical barriers must be addressed to make MHAPPs more accessible.  ...  Online mental health interventions delivered via digital devices or mental health apps (MHApps) can serve to reduce the gaps in access to mental health care.  ... 
doi:10.32920/ihtp.v1i2.1425 fatcat:oncqqcsid5egnnvvpkm5qamb5m

Mitigating COVID-19 Impact on the Portuguese Population Mental Health: The Opportunity That Lies in Digital Mental Health

Cristina Mendes-Santos, Gerhard Andersson, Elisabete Weiderpass, Rui Santana
2020 Frontiers in Public Health  
Ensuring safe and equitable access to mental healthcare by these groups entails resorting to innovative psychosocial intervention strategies, such as digital mental health.  ...  Portuguese mental healthcare system, and discuss how the timely implementation of a comprehensive digital mental health strategy, coupling research, education, implementation, and quality assessment initiatives  ...  implemented, ensuring safe and equitable access to mental healthcare (39) .  ... 
doi:10.3389/fpubh.2020.553345 pmid:33313033 pmcid:PMC7701327 fatcat:6nptbwattfeoxpuujqezpfaffq

Needs, gaps and opportunities for standard and e-mental health care among at-risk populations in the Asia Pacific in the context of COVID-19: a rapid scoping review

Jill K. Murphy, Amna Khan, Qiumeng Sun, Harry Minas, Simon Hatcher, Chee H. Ng, Mellissa Withers, Andrew Greenshaw, Erin E. Michalak, Promit Ananyo Chakraborty, Karen Sharmini Sandanasamy, Nurashikin Ibrahim (+4 others)
2021 International Journal for Equity in Health  
Results demonstrate that e-mental health care can be a viable option for care delivery but that specific accessibility and acceptability considerations must be considered.  ...  It is therefore essential to consider needs and opportunities for equitable mental health care delivery to the most at-risk populations.  ...  Acknowledgements The authors wish to acknowledge Dean Giustini, biomedical librarian at the University of British Columbia, for his support with developing the search strategy.  ... 
doi:10.1186/s12939-021-01484-5 pmid:34253198 fatcat:rpfd5kwwqnak3ioux76n3opl2a

Technology and Universal Health Coverage: Examining the role of digital health

David Wilson, Aziz Sheikh, Marelize Görgens, Katherine Ward, World Bank
2021 Journal of Global Health  
The health sector, by its very nature of being data intensive, lends itself to the use of technology for analytics to improve health outcomes, respond to public health crises, and efficiently and equitably  ...  The first imperative in considering the use of digital health to expand UHC is to remember that digital health is a means to an end, and only one of the available means.  ...  health crises, and efficiently and equitably allocate resources [11] .  ... 
doi:10.7189/jogh.11.16006 pmid:34912559 pmcid:PMC8645240 fatcat:py2zoyi6sfdttns4ami2o6ppgq

An Overview of Smartphone Apps

Charlotte Wells, Carolyn Spry
2022 Canadian Journal of Health Technologies  
Numerous apps were identified that are available for use by people in Canada. Health apps offer the potential to provide convenience, flexibility, accessibility, and personalized health information.  ...  This scan describes some operational considerations for apps that relate to their lack of evidence-base, concerns about biases in app design, and the need for equity focused app development.  ...  is their considerations for equitable user experience, accessibility, and engagement.  ... 
doi:10.51731/cjht.2022.269 fatcat:a4o54ivnkfazrcsb53shpazutu

Neuroscience for Global Mental Health

Ilina Singh
2020 Cerebrum  
Our author-Professor of Neuroscience & Society at the University of Oxford and co-director of the Wellcome Trust Center for Ethics and Humanities-reflects on efforts to grow recognition of neuroscience  ...  in low- and middle-income countries.  ...  Digital mental health, for example, is often positioned as a technology that could revolutionize global mental health-there are currently about 10,000 mental health "wellness" apps available for a broad  ... 
pmid:33216831 pmcid:PMC7664820 fatcat:nhcqy7sqe5avlgccbwwsvfch74

Digitized HIV/AIDS Treatment Adherence Interventions: A Review of Recent SMS/Texting Mobile Health Applications and Implications for Theory and Practice

Lunthita M. Duthely, Alex P. Sanchez-Covarrubias
2020 Frontiers in Communication  
Provisions to accommodate literacy, infrastructure, technology and other challenges (e.g., access to smartphones and Wifi) are important ethical considerations that guarantee equity and equitable access  ...  Strategies to address privacy, confidentiality and equity/equitable access were taken in four (n = 4) studies.  ...  There are specific considerations with respect to equitable access for technology-infused, health-related communications.  ... 
doi:10.3389/fcomm.2020.530164 pmid:33644162 pmcid:PMC7909469 fatcat:fquvkgtspfb27cf6gzu2ckl3oi

Envisioning Post-pandemic Digital Neurological, Psychiatric and Mental Health Care

Amit Khanna, Graham B. Jones
2021 Frontiers in Digital Health  
Integration into standard care looks likely in the post pandemic era with many healthcare systems moving to expand reimbursement categories and develop equitable incentive models for developers and providers  ...  Positive experiences were reported by both patients and providers from routine check-ups, to use of cognitive behavioral therapy associated with mental disorders, and management of complex diseases such  ...  ACKNOWLEDGMENTS The authors thank the Neuroscience Global Drug Development program, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Basel, Switzerland (AK), the Connected Health and Innovation Group, Novartis Pharmaceuticals  ... 
doi:10.3389/fdgth.2021.803315 pmid:34993505 pmcid:PMC8724196 fatcat:24b3hlvz6zaavlxbj3farmldqe

Smart Indigenous Youth: The Smart Platform Policy Solution for Systems Integration to Address Indigenous Youth Mental Health (Preprint)

Tarun Reddy Katapally
2020 JMIR Pediatrics and Parenting  
Smart Indigenous Youth is a 5-year community trial, which aims to improve Indigenous youth mental health by embedding a culturally appropriate digital health initiative into school curricula in rural and  ...  Indigenous youth mental health is an urgent public health issue, which cannot be addressed with a one-size-fits-all approach.  ...  This integration facilitates digital health interventions for mental health equity among Indigenous youth.  ... 
doi:10.2196/21155 pmid:32975527 fatcat:smnvlovyqvb37kh7dzpm3guzva

2022 Health Technology Trends to Watch: Top 10 List

Jeff Mason, Francesca Brundisini, Shannon Hill, Diksha Kumar, Tamara Rader
2022 Canadian Journal of Health Technologies  
For example, they may allow for more convenient and improved access to screening, diagnosis, and treatments; provide more tailored approaches to care; and help facilitate more person-centred care.  ...  The 2022 Health Technology Trends to Watch list presents the top 10 technologies that have the potential to fundamentally shift the way health care is provided and accessed in Canada within the next 2  ...  For health care decision-makers, ongoing developments within molecular and genomic testing raise important considerations related to equitable access to testing, the implications of incidental findings  ... 
doi:10.51731/cjht.2022.285 fatcat:nfu3wgekqvdi5pgnumoigp647m
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