Technology

Technology, such as electronic health records, and use of tablets can facilitate the communication and recording and sharing of data, between the various partners involved in delivering health and social care.

Our Technology Blogs

Patients included? Twitter impact at health care conferences

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Amy Price considers the impact that patient participation can have at health care conferences: increased information flow, greater reach and impact, and deeper engagement in the conversation of tweets compared to physicians or researchers.

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Serious games for mental health: you cannot be serious!

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Sasha Danilina is encouraged by the results of the first systematic review with meta-analysis of serious games for mental health, which asks: are they accessible, feasible and effective?

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Predictors of adherence to digital interventions for psychosis

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Joe Barnby and Muna Dubad explore a recent systematic review that looks at the potential predictors of adherence to web-based and mobile technologies for people with psychosis.

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cCBT for people with learning disabilities: Pesky gNATs #MHNR2017

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Leen Vereenooghe presents the results of an RCT of computerised cognitive behavioural therapy for people with learning disabilities, featuring the computer game “Pesky gNATs: The Feel Good Island”.

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Mental health apps for young people: an evidence-free zone?

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Natalie Nelissen from mHabitat publishes her debut elf blog on a recent systematic review of mental health apps for young people, which highlights the current dearth of reliable research to support the efficacy and safety of mobile apps.

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Cyberbullying: comparatively rare, not especially damaging or pernicious

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Shirley Reynolds reports on a recent population-based cross-sectional study that surveyed 1 in 5 of all 15 year olds in England, to ask them about bullying, cyberbullying and adolescent well-being.

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iCBT for OCD in young people: study suggests it’s cost-effective, but more research needed

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Alastair Canaway on a recent RCT that looks at the cost-effectiveness of therapist-guided internet-delivered cognitive behaviour therapy for paediatric obsessive–compulsive disorder.

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Elves under the microscope: does elf promotion increase research uptake by health professionals?

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Sarah Knowles reports on a survey and brief intervention study of the National Elf Service across the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, which sheds some light on how best to increase research uptake in mental health professionals.

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Digital interventions for PTSD: meta-analysis suggests they may reduce symptoms

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Jazz Croft publishes her debut elf blog on a recent systematic review and meta-analysis of digital interventions to treat the symptoms of post traumatic stress.

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Ethics of social media research: from Big Brother to rainbow unicorns

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This jointly authored blog is written by André Tomlin and the people who attended a PenCLAHRC blogging workshop in Exeter yesterday. As a group they consider the findings of a qualitative systematic review of attitudes toward the ethics of research using social media.

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