The rapidly expanding field of mobile health (mHealth) seeks to harness increasingly affordable and ubiquitous mobile digital technologies including smartphones, tablets, apps and wearable devices to enhance clinical care. Accumulating evidence suggests that mHealth interventions are increasingly being adopted and valued by people living with serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, as a means of better understanding and managing their condition. We draw on experiences from three geographically and methodologically distinct mHealth studies to provide a pragmatic overview of the key challenges and considerations relating to the process of developing digital interventions for this population.
- Mental Health
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Contributors All authors contributed equally to the manuscript.
Funding NM is supported by a Medical Research Council Clinical Research Training Fellowship,MR/P001378/1. BB is supported by the National Institute of Mental Health Training Grant T32 and partially by Posit Science, a company with a commercial interest in the training software used in the CLIMB study. SIMPLe was supported by research grants from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness PI14/00286 and PI15/00588, Instituto de Salud Carlos III. DH-M is supported by a Rio Hortega grant (CM15/00127) from Instituto de Salud Carlos III.
Competing interests None declared.
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