Mental health provider views about digital technologies in day-to-day practice

Betton, V. The Mental Elf Blog. Published online: 27 September 2016

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The use of digital technologies such as Internet sites and mobile applications, have received much hype in recent years, both in mental health and the NHS more widely. Opinions on these technologies vary; and those with extreme viewpoints see them as either a panacea to overstretched services or as undermining the primacy of the face-to-face patient/clinician relationship.

A recent open access study endeavoured to dig beneath the hype by seeking to understand the opportunities and challenges posed by the use of digital technologies from the perspective of mental health providers. As someone who runs an NHS digital innovation programme, I see how practitioners are often overlooked in the development process. This is a big problem because those same practitioners are often critical in influencing the take-up and use of digital technologies by patients. So understanding digital technologies from a practitioner perspective is a welcome addition to research in this field.

Read the full blog post here

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