BMJ, 11 November 2015
This study assesses the effectiveness of supported computerised cognitive behaviour therapy (cCBT) as an adjunct to usual primary care for adults with depression.
The study concludes that supported cCBT does not substantially improve depression outcomes compared with usual GP care alone. In this study, neither a commercially available nor free to use computerised CBT intervention was superior to usual GP care.
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Department of Health, September 2015
To improve the employment and health prospects for people with common mental health conditions, RAND Europe recommended the government pilot a number of interventions. The ‘Telephone Support’ Psychological Wellbeing and Work Feasibility Pilot used combined telephone-based psychological and employment related support. This evaluation of the pilot examines the most effective design and delivery mode of the ‘Telephone Support’ intervention.
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BMC Medicine 2015, 13:205
Authors: Paul Wicks and Emil Chiauzzi
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e-Health Insider, 14 May 2015
The British Standards Institution has published a set of standards to support developers creating health and wellness apps…
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E-Health Insider, 17 February 2015
A new mobile app has been launched to make it easier for people with long-term conditions to log their symptoms and medications. The Health Mapper app allows users to track single of multiple health conditions and record any symptoms, medications, measurements or lifestyle variables like sleep, diet, or exercise. They can then create and export health reports and customised charts allowing them to share information with their doctor via email or the app. Health Mapper can be downloaded for via the Apple Itunes store.
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Department of Health, 13 November 2014
This policy paper from the Department of Health is not a strategy in the conventional sense. It is not a national plan, but a framework for action that will support frontline staff, patients and citizens to take better advantage of the digital opportunity.
Better use of data and technology has the power to improve health, transform the quality and reduce the cost of health and care services.
- give patients and citizens more control over their health and wellbeing
- empower carers
- reduce the administrative burden for care professionals
- support the development of new medicines and treatments
This framework has been developed based on evidence from many sources, including civil society and patient organisations, as well as directly from service users.
The National Information Board will report annually on progress made against the priorities detailed in this framework and review them each year to reflect changing technology and accommodate new requirements from the public and staff. The proposals in this framework are not comprehensive but they represent the core and immediate priorities for delivery of modern digital health and care services.
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