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Navigating the challenges of digital health innovation: considerations and solutions in developing online and smartphone-application-based interventions for mental health disorders

  • Claire Hill (a1), Jennifer L. Martin (a2), Simon Thomson (a3), Nick Scott-Ram (a4), Hugh Penfold (a4) and Cathy Creswell (a5)...

This article presents an analysis of challenges and considerations when developing digital mental health innovations. Recommendations include collaborative working between clinicians, researchers, industry and service users in order to successfully navigate challenges and to ensure e-therapies are engaging, acceptable, evidence based, scalable and sustainable.

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Claire Hill, School of Psychology & Clinical Language Sciences, University of Reading, Whitenights, Reading RG6 6AL, UK. Email:
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C.C., C.H. and J.L.M. are funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR, for J.L.M. as part of the NIHR MindTech Healthcare Technology Cooperative). S.T. is the co-founder of Support Hope and Recovery Online Network (SHaRON). H.P. and N.S.-R. are both employed by the NHS England-funded Oxford Health Academic Health Sciences Network (AHSN).

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Navigating the challenges of digital health innovation: considerations and solutions in developing online and smartphone-application-based interventions for mental health disorders

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