Improving Access and Mental Health for Youth Through Virtual Models of Care

Cheryl Forchuk, Sandra Fisman, Jeffrey P. Reiss, Kerry Collins, Julie Eichstedt, Abraham Rudnick, Wanrudee Isaranuwatchai, Jeffrey S. Hoch, Xianbin Wang, Daniel Lizotte, Shona Macpherson, Richard Booth

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Abstract

The overall objective of this research is to evaluate the use of a mobile health smartphone application (app) to improve the mental health of youth between the ages of 14–25 years, with symptoms of anxiety/depression. This project includes 115 youth who are accessing outpatient mental health services at one of three hospitals and two community agencies. The youth and care providers are using eHealth technology to enhance care. The technology uses mobile questionnaires to help promote self-assessment and track changes to support the plan of care. The technology also allows secure virtual treatment visits that youth can participate in through mobile devices. This longitudinal study uses participatory action research with mixed methods. The majority of participants identified themselves as Caucasian (66.9%). Expectedly, the demographics revealed that Anxiety Disorders and Mood Disorders were highly prevalent within the sample (71.9% and 67.5% respectively). Findings from the qualitative summary established that both staff and youth found the software and platform beneficial.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Impact of Digital Technologies on Public Health in Developed and Developing Countries - 18th International Conference, ICOST 2020, Proceedings
EditorsMohamed Jmaiel, Hamdi Aloulou, Mounir Mokhtari, Bessam Abdulrazak, Slim Kallel
PublisherSpringer
Pages210-220
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9783030515164
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020
Event18th International Conference on Smart Homes and Health Telematics, ICOST 2020 - Hammamet, Tunisia
Duration: Jun 24 2020Jun 26 2020

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume12157 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference18th International Conference on Smart Homes and Health Telematics, ICOST 2020
Country/TerritoryTunisia
CityHammamet
Period6/24/206/26/20

Keywords

  • eHealth
  • Mental health
  • Smart technology
  • Youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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