The chatbot therapist: can we mimic therapy support with a conversational agent? #DigiMHweek

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Andres Fonseca helps us prepare for the #Mindtech2017 chatbot/artificial intelligence debate by summarising a recent trial of a fully automated conversational agent for promoting mental well-being.

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People, community and healthcare transformation

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Alison Turner reviews a new report from the Health Foundation and Nesta, which investigates how people and communities can be mobilised to improve health and healthcare.

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Recommendations for managing patient engagement

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Sarah McDonald reflects on the Rules of Engagement: Lessons from PANORAMA report produced by the Change Foundation, which makes recommendations for managing patient engagement and will be useful to anyone planning a PPI project.

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Engaging inpatients with mental health rehabilitation activities

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Elly O’Brien reports on a recent RCT of a staff training intervention for inpatients in mental health rehabilitation, which is designed to increase patients’ engagement in activities.

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“NHS must be more responsive to the needs and wishes of the public”, says guide

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Time and time again, research has shown that involving patients and carers in the treatment decision-making process is beneficial to all involved as it improves compliance, patient satisfaction and experience, and ultimately reduces cost for the service as a whole. So, it is crucial that commissioners take this into account when designing and procuring services. [read the full story…]