|Title:||The `WikiGuidelines' smartphone application: Bridging the gaps in availability of evidence-based smartphone mental health applications|
|Journal:||Technol Health Care|
|Alternate Journal:||Technology and health care : official journal of the European Society for Engineering and Medicine|
|Keywords:||Smartphone applications mobile phone psychiatry treatment algorithms|
|Abstract:||Over the past decade, there have been massive advances in technology. These advances in technology have significantly transformed various aspects of healthcare. The advent of E-health and its influence on healthcare practice also implies that there is a paradigm shift in the way healthcare professionals work. Conventionally, healthcare professionals would have to refer to books and journals for updates in treatment algorithms, but with the advent of technology, they could access this information via the web or via various smartphone applications on the go. In the field of Psychiatry, one of the commonest mental health disorder to date, with significant morbidity and mortality is that of Major depressive disorder. Routinely, clinicians and healthcare professionals are advised to refer to standard guidelines in guiding them with regards to their treatment options. Given the high prevalence of conditions like Major Depressive Disorder, it is thus of importance that whatever guidelines that clinicians and healthcare professionals refer to are constantly kept up to date, so that patients could benefit from latest evidence based therapy and treatment. A review of the current literature highlights that whilst there are a multitude of smartphone applications designed for mental health care, previous systematic review has highlighted a paucity of evidence based applications. More importantly, current literature with regards to provision of treatment information to healthcare professionals and patients are limited to web-based interventions. It is the aim of this technical note to highlight a methodology to which the authors have conceptualized in the implementation of an evidence based mental health guideline applications, known as the `Wiki Guidelines' smartphone application. The authors hope to illustrate the algorithms behind the development of the application, and how it could be easily updated by the guidelines working group.|
|Notes:||1878-7401 Zhang, Melvyn W B Ho, Roger C M Mcintyre, Roger S Journal Article Netherlands Technol Health Care. 2016 Jul 27;24(4):587-90. doi: 10.3233/THC-161141.|
|Authors Address:||National HealthCare Group, Singapore. Department of Psychological Medicine, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore. Mood Disorders Psychopharmacology Unit, University Health Network, Toronto, ON, Canada. Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada.|
|Appears in Collections:||2016|
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