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Annual Research Review: Digital health interventions for children and young people with mental health problems – a systematic and meta‐review

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Digital health interventions (DHIs), including computer‐assisted therapy, smartphone apps and wearable technologies, are heralded as having enormous potential to improve uptake and accessibility, efficiency, clinical effectiveness and personalisation of mental health interventions. It is generally assumed that DHIs will be preferred by children and young people (CYP) given their ubiquitous digital activity. However, it remains uncertain whether: DHIs for CYP are clinically and cost‐effective, CYP prefer DHIs to traditional services, DHIs widen access and how they should be evaluated and adopted by mental health services. This review evaluates the evidence‐base for DHIs and considers the key research questions and approaches to evaluation and implementation. Read the Commentary on this article at doi: 10.1111/jcpp.12715
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Keywords: Digital health; eHealth; mental health; methodology; prevention; randomised controlled trials

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2017

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