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Category: Behavioral Therapies

Your Doctor App Could Amplify Your Health Anxieties

Article Excerpt: Studies suggest that health anxiety—more recently termed somatic symptom disorder and illness anxiety disorder—affects anywhere from less than 1 percent to as much as nearly 12 percent of the population. For some of these people, a new array of telemedicine apps like MDLive and Doctor on Demand are appealing because they take insurance and also let you pay up front at cost of about $40 to $50 for a short video or phone consult.

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Article Source: MIT Technology Review


Study looks at how interactivity, tone affect engagement with digital health tools

Article Excerpt: A study of 172 college students at Penn State shows that interactivity, perceived interactivity, and a conversational tone can all impact how engaged users are with a health assessment tool and what impressions they walk away with after using the tool. The study was conducted by S. Shyam Sundar, a professor of communications at Penn State and co-director of the Media Effects Research Laboratory, and Saraswathi Bellur, an assistant professor of communication at University of Connecticut.

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Article Source: MobiHealthNews

mHealth Use Hinges on Patient Perceptions of App Efficacy

Article Excerpt: Even when mHealth apps have high usability ratings, patients still might not use them due to their own personal barriers, shows a recent study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. According to the researchers, this highlights a need to shape app development around patient perceptions or app efficacy and not just usability and navigability.

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Article Source: Patient Engagement HIT


Q&A with Geisel professor Lisa Marsch

Article Excerpt: Geisel School of Medicine psychiatry professor and director of the Dartmouth Center for Technology and Behavioral Health Lisa Marsch recently testified before Congress’ Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic about her research on the nation’s opioid crisis. The task force was formed in 2015 by Rep. Ann Kuster ’88 and former Rep. Frank Guinta, both of New Hampshire. The state has the country’s highest rate of opioid overdoses per capita. Marsch’s research focuses on understanding the roots of the opioid crisis and researching effective methods of addressing it, such as treatments and improving access to care.

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Article Source: The Dartmouth


Health apps could be doing more harm than good, warn scientists

Article Excerpt: Fitness trackers and mental health apps could be doing more harm than good because they are not based on sound science, researchers have warned, comparing some health app developers to “snake oil salesmen of the 1860s”.

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Article Source: The Guardian


To App or Not to App: Psychiatrists Issue Landmark Guidelines

Article Excerpt: In a landmark act of medical leadership, the American Psychiatric Association in January released guidelines to help patients and their clinicians evaluate specific apps. The American Medical Association has announced it will soon follow suit.

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Article Source: The Huffington Post


Social Media Offers Tools to Improve Mental Health, Reduce Suicide

Article Excerpt: The Defense Department makes the total fitness of service members a top priority, and that includes mental health and suicide prevention. Military suicide is the culmination of complex interactions among biological, social, economic, cultural and psychological factors operating at the individual, community and societal levels.

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Article Source: DoDLive

Study finds the best medication adherence medical apps

Article Excerpt: Given the sheer number of medical apps available these days, it is important to find evidence-based guidance for which apps to choose. Santo et al from the University of Sydney evaluated medication adherence apps from the Australian Google Play store and Apple iTunes store using a systematic stepwise approach based on the features described for each medical app.

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Article Source: iMedicalApps