A recommended process for development and evaluation of eTools for mental health and wellbeing

Stoyanov, S, Hides, L, Kavanagh, D, Sanders, D, Cockshaw, W and Mani, M 2016, 'A recommended process for development and evaluation of eTools for mental health and wellbeing' in Ross G. Menzies, Michael Kyrios, Nikolaos Kazantzis (ed.) Innovations and Future Directions in the Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies, Australian Academic Press, Samford Valley, Australia, pp. 251-255.


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Title A recommended process for development and evaluation of eTools for mental health and wellbeing
Author(s) Stoyanov, S
Hides, L
Kavanagh, D
Sanders, D
Cockshaw, W
Mani, M
Year 2016
Title of book Innovations and Future Directions in the Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies
Publisher Australian Academic Press
Place of publication Samford Valley, Australia
Editor(s) Ross G. Menzies, Michael Kyrios, Nikolaos Kazantzis
Start page 251
End page 255
Subjects Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Summary Web or mobile application based interventions for mental health and wellbeing (hereafter 'eTools') have proliferated with the uptake of smartphones. This makes it difficult for potential users to select high quality tools to address their needs. Cognitive-behaviour therapists face similar challenges when attempting to select and recommend eTools to their clients. Robust approaches to the development and evaluation of eTools are required to address these issues. The inclusion of potential users throughout the development process optimises the acceptability, utility and perceived relevance of eTools. Subsequent testing of eTools in randomised controlled trials (RCTs) is highly desirable. However, extended delays in the release and marketing of an eTool may mean it is superseded due to technological advancements or the release of similar eTools. When the results of RCTs are not yet available, minimum requirements comprise evidence-based content and uncontrolled outcome evaluations. Reporting of adherence to development processes such as these would offer a sound basis for eTool selection by practitioners and other users.
Copyright notice Copyright © 2016 rests with the identified authors of all contributions to this book.
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