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Summarizing current news and empirical literature related to digital health technologies

Summarizing current news and empirical literature related to digital health technologies

The field of behavioral health and technology moves at a rapid pace. CTBH follows news and empirical publications and compiles references to and synopses of pieces describing cutting edge applications of technology in behavioral health.
Eye on Innovation
06/09/2017

Key intervention characteristics in e-health: Steps towards standardized communication.

Bewick BM, Ondersma SJ, Hoybye MT, et al. (2017). Key intervention characteristics in e-health: Steps towards standardized communication. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine. doi: 10.1007/s12529-016-9630-3

In this study, researchers attempted to identify a common set of characteristics of digital health interventions and develop a visualization tool to communicate these characteristics to facilitate the standardization of describing digital health interventions. Read More

06/02/2017

Who uses mobile phone health apps and does use matter? A secondary data analytics approach.

Carroll JK, Moorhead A, Bond R, LeBlanc WG, Petrella RJ, Fiscella K. (2017). Who uses mobile phone health apps and does use matter? A secondary data analytics approach. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 19(4): e125. doi: 10.2196/jmir.5604

Researchers analyzed data from the National Cancer Institute’s Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) to identify sociodemographic and attitudinal predictors of use of mobile applications for health and wellness (health apps) and relationships between health app use and meeting national recommendations for fruit and vegetable intake and physical activity. Read More

05/26/2017

Web- and text-based interventions for smoking cessation: Meta-analysis and meta-regression.

Crocamo C, Carretta D, Ferri M, Dias S, Bartoli F, Carrá G. (2017). Drugs Education, Prevention and Policy. doi: 10.1080/09687637.2017.1285867

Researchers conducted a systematic review to identify randomized or quasi-randomized clinical trials evaluating internet- or text messaging-based interventions for smoking cessation. Read More

05/23/2017

Medicine Is Going Digital. The FDA Is Racing to Catch Up

Article Excerpt: When Bakul Patel started as a policy advisor in the US Food and Drug Administration in 2008, he could pretty much pinpoint when a product was going to land in front of the reviewers in his division. Back when medical devices were heavy on the hardware—your pacemakers and your IUDs—it would take manufacturers years to get them ready for regulatory approval. FDA reviewers could keep up pretty well.

Full Article: http://tinyurl.com/kkp2ro9

Article Source: Wired

05/18/2017

A review of effective youth engagement strategies of mental health and substance use interventions.

Dunne T, Bishop L, Avery S, Darcy S. (2017). A review of effective youth engagement strategies for mental health and substance use interventions. Journal of Adolescent Health. 60(5): 487-512. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2016.11.019

Researchers reviewed the engagement strategies used in successful mental health and substance use interventions to engage adolescents and young adults (aged 11-29 years). Read More

05/12/2017

Public acceptability of e-mental health treatment services for psychological problems: A scoping review.

Apolinário-Hagen J, Kemper J, Stürmer C. (2017). Public acceptability of e-mental health treatment services for psychological problems: A scoping Review. JMIR Mental Health. 4(2): e10. doi: 10.2196/mental.6186

This scoping literature review evaluated public perceptions of the helpfulness of digital mental health approaches (e.g. mHealth apps, health websites, web-based therapy) and intentions to use these approaches as indicators of public acceptance of digital mental health approaches. Read More