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Smartphone apps in mental healthcare: the state of the art and potential developments

  • Melvyn W. B. Zhang, Cyrus S. H. Ho, Christopher C. S. Cheok and Roger C. M. Ho
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Previous studies have demonstrated that smartphones are useful tools in everyday, evidence-based medical practice. This article gives an overview of the current use in psychiatry of smartphone apps aimed at patients and the general public, highlighting associated benefits and disadvantages. It also outlines how practising psychiatrists could embrace such technologies at an individual, organisational and national level.

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Corresponding author
Dr Melvyn Zhang Weibin, National Addictions Management Service (NAMS), Institute of Mental Health, 10 Buangkok View, Buangkok Green Medical Park, Singapore 539747. Email: melvynzhangweibin@gmail.com
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LEARNING OBJECTIVES

• Recognise the current uses of smartphone technologies in psychiatry and their inherent advantages and disadvantages

• To empower practising psychiatrists to create evidence-based mental health apps for patient care

• Understand how smartphone technologies could be used at an organisational and a national level to add value to current service provision

Declaration of Interest

M.W.B.Z. designed and created the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Mental Health Key Facts app. The creation of this app is supported by the College's Public Education Engagement Board, and the author received no payment for this work.

For a related commentary, see pp. 359–360, this issue.

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