Barriers to eHealth in Psychiatry

Unlike other areas of medicine, technological solutions for mental health are not necessarily sought by consumers nor recommended by clinicians. A study of multidisciplinary professionals was conducted to identify and discuss the barriers to introducing eHealth technology-supported interventions within mental health.

Ten issues were identified that need to be addressed to improve mental health (using technology). They are ranked in order of importance.

Issue identified n (%)
Access to care 24 (36)
Integration and collaboration 15 (23)
Education and awareness 13 (20)
Mental health stigma 13 (20)
Data privacy 12 (18)
Trust 11 (17)
Understanding and assessment of mental health 11 (17)
Government and policy 10 (15)
Optimal design 9 (14)
Engagement 8 (12)

According to the authors, “Without a concerted effort to translate research into policy and practice to address the barriers described here, the adoption of technology into mental health care will inevitably be slowed. However, the greater failure will be to miss the potential, offered by technology, to address in a timely way major concerns of access, stigma, and engagement that stand as active barriers to participation in mental health care and the receipt of effective, evidence-based therapy by those most in need.”

Source: Journal of Medical Internet Research, 2/28/17





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