Review of Use and Integration of Mobile Apps Into Psychiatric Treatments

Steven Chan, Haley Godwin, Alvaro Gonzalez, Peter M. Yellowlees, Donald M Hilty

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Purpose of Review: Mental health practitioners should understand the features of current, publicly available apps; the features of novel, research apps; and issues behind the integration of mobile apps and digital health services into clinical workflows. Recent Findings: The review is based on a research literature and the authors’ clinical and healthcare administration experiences. Articles searched—on telepsychiatry, telemental health, mobile mental health, informatics, cellular phone, ambulatory monitoring, telemetry, and algorithms—were restricted to 2016 and 2017. Technologies are used in a variety of clinical settings, including patients with varying mental illness severity, social supports, and technological literacy. Good practices for evaluating apps, understanding user needs, and training and educating users can increase success rates. Ethics and risk management should be considered. Summary: Mobile apps are versatile. Integrating apps into psychiatric treatment requires addressing both patient and clinical workflows, design and usability principles, accessibility, social concerns, and digital health literacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number96
JournalCurrent Psychiatry Reports
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2017


  • Ambulatory monitoring
  • Clinical informatics
  • Mental health apps
  • Psychiatric services
  • Smartphone apps
  • Telepsychiatry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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