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Incorporating mobile resources to enhance the impact of behavioral health services for suicidal persons

Incorporating mobile resources to enhance the impact of behavioral health services for suicidal persons

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Mobile phone applications (apps) are a particularly valuable form of mHealth, as they have many advantages not true for websites and text messaging. This chapter reviews the current behavioral health technology landscape and focuses specifically on one form of technology, mHealth apps, for one serious public health concern, suicidal behavior.

Chapter Contents:

  • 5.1 Technology landscape
  • 5.1.1 Technology and healthcare
  • 5.2 Technology and behavioral healthcare
  • 5.2.1 Apps
  • 5.2.2 Text messaging
  • 5.2.3 Social media usage
  • 5.2.4 Ecological momentary assessment/intervention: EMA and EMI
  • 5.2.5 Sensor technology
  • 5.3 Evidence for behavioral health apps for suicide prevention
  • 5.3.1 Suicide-prevention apps
  • 5.3.2 Examples of specific suicide-prevention apps that have feasibility or efficacy data
  • 5.4 Discussion
  • Conflict of interest
  • Acknowledgements
  • References

Inspec keywords: health care; mobile computing; medical information systems

Other keywords: mHealth apps; mobile resources; behavioral health services; suicidal behavior; mobile phone applications; Websites; suicidal persons; behavioral health technology; text messaging

Subjects: Medical administration; Ubiquitous and pervasive computing

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