Smart designs for smart technologies: research challenges and emerging solutions for scientist-practitioners within e-mental health

Clough, Bonnie A. and Casey, Leanne M. (2015) Smart designs for smart technologies: research challenges and emerging solutions for scientist-practitioners within e-mental health. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 46 (6). pp. 429-436. ISSN 0735-7028

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Abstract

Consumers are increasingly likely to access various forms of e-mental health, and there is considerable danger that they may be exposed to untested interventions. Traditional research designs, such as the randomized controlled trial (RCT), are limited in their capacity to match the pace of development and evolving nature of e-mental health. There are a number of unique challenges associated with research into the development and use of technologically based interventions. This article discusses these challenges and examines emerging strategies that may enable clinicians to be more confident when integrating e-mental health in their practices. We argue that greater use of small sample size designs, greater collaboration and research in applied settings, as well as more focused empirical investigation during program development stages are needed. We use a research example of a Smartphone application aimed at the treatment of anxiety disorders to illustrate the procedure, value, and clinical applications of each of the emerging research designs.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2015 American Psychological Association. Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2016 05:02
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2018 01:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: e-mental health; mHealth; single case research; sequential multiple assignment randomized trial; multiphase optimization strategy
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1037/pro0000053
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/28495

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