The application of ‘mHealth’ to mental health: opportunities and challenges

Marzano, Lisa, Bardill, Andy, Fields, Bob, Herd, Kate, Veale, David, Grey, Nick and Moran, Paul (2015) The application of ‘mHealth’ to mental health: opportunities and challenges. The Lancet Psychiatry, 2 (10). pp. 942-948. ISSN 2215-0366

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Recent advances in smartphones and wearable biosensors enable the gathering of ‘real-time’ psychological, behavioural and physiological data, in increasingly precise and unobtrusive ways. It is therefore now possible to collect moment-to-moment information about an individuals’ moods, cognitions and activities, as well as automated data about their whereabouts, behaviour and physiological states. In this paper, we discuss the potential of these new mobile digital technologies for transforming mental health research and clinical practice. By drawing on a recent research project, we illustrate how traditional boundaries between research and clinical practice are becoming increasingly blurred and how in turn, this is leading to exciting new developments in the assessment and management of common mental disorders. The potential risks and key challenges associated with applying mobile technology to mental health are also discussed.

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Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology
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Date Deposited: 28 May 2015 11:51
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