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Advances in E-mental Health

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Behavioral and Mental Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2024 | Viewed by 3682

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1. Center for Rehabilitation Research, School of Health, Polytechnic Institute of Porto, 4200-072 Porto, Portugal
2. Laboratory of Neuropsychophysiology, Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences, University of Porto, 4200-135 Porto, Portugal
Interests: technologies applied to health; ICTs; eHealth; (neuro)cognitive rehabilitation; clinical communication; behavioural addictions
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Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS, Alfredo Allen 455, 4200-135 Porto, Portugal
Interests: digital mental health; internet interventions; oncology; technology-enabled interventions development; implementation research
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Dear Colleagues,

A digital mental health revolution, propelled by digital technologies' accessibility, ubiquity, and cost effectiveness, has been unfolding. The provision of technology-enabled healthcare has emerged as an opportunity to broaden access to mental health services, increase their coverage, and offer responses to otherwise complex-to-reach populations, such as digital natives, remote and rural populations, people living with chronic conditions or disabilities, and asylum seekers and refugees. In recent years, a substantial body of evidence has been gathered on the efficacy of e-mental health approaches in improving clinical outcomes, treatment adherence, and healthcare sustainability. Yet, e-mental health research remains limited, and technology-enabled mental health interventions remain behind in translation to clinical practice.

Recently, the upsurge of the COVID-19 pandemic expedited the creation of various digital or hybrid services, enabling timely psychological assessment, crisis support delivery, and the continuity of mental healthcare provision, especially during lockdowns. However, such uptake of e-mental health occurred in many countries without proper workforce training or the definition of guidelines for implementing e-mental health in clinical practice, casting doubt on the readiness of the workforce to deliver e-mental health interventions, as well as the quality of its provision and impact on clinical practice.

The current Special Issue aims to contribute to disseminating the most recent advances regarding e-mental health good clinical practice, training, delivery, and impact on clinical and economic outcomes. Papers addressing digital technologies for mental healthcare purposes, focusing on e-mental health policy, training, intervention, assessment, and implementation, are invited to contribute to this Special Issue. A range of study populations, intervention modalities (e.g., unguided, guided, blended-care interventions), and research methods are welcome in this Special Issue.

You may choose our Joint Special Issue in Healthcare.

Prof. Dr. Artemisa Rocha Dores
Dr. Cristina Mendes-Santos
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2500 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • health professionals
  • digital mental health
  • e-mental health
  • information and communications technologies (ICTs)
  • telehealth
  • telemedicine
  • digital health
  • remote services
  • digital natives
  • remote and rural populations
  • asylum seekers
  • refugees

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Efficacy of an Online Workplace Mental Health Accommodations Psychoeducational Course: A Randomized Controlled Trial
by Yvonne Nichole Faller, Vanessa Peynenburg, Eric Tessier, David Thiessen and Heather D. Hadjistavropoulos
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2023, 20(7), 5317; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20075317 - 29 Mar 2023
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Workplace accommodations can improve work functioning for employees with mental health concerns, yet few employees receive accommodations. The current study examined the benefits of providing education on workplace accommodations. In total, 89 participants with symptoms of depression and/or anxiety were randomized to an [...] Read more.
Workplace accommodations can improve work functioning for employees with mental health concerns, yet few employees receive accommodations. The current study examined the benefits of providing education on workplace accommodations. In total, 89 participants with symptoms of depression and/or anxiety were randomized to an online psychoeducation course or wait-list control (WLC). The course provided education on symptoms, accommodations, tips for requesting accommodations and making disclosures, and coping strategies. Primary outcomes included the impact of the course on requesting and receiving accommodations, accommodation knowledge, self-stigma, and workplace relationships at 8 weeks post-randomization. Additional analyses examined the impact of the course on symptoms, absenteeism, presenteeism, and self-efficacy and whether supervisory leadership and organizational inclusivity impact disclosure and accommodation use. Participants in the course reported improvements in accommodation knowledge, self-efficacy, and presenteeism compared to the WLC. Both groups reported reduced self-stigma and increased disclosures over time. Specifically, partial disclosures were associated with supportive organizations and supervisors. No group differences were found on accommodation use, symptoms, workplace relationships, or comfort with disclosure. Few participants made accommodation requests, therefore a statistical analysis on requesting or receiving accommodations was not performed. Overall, providing psychoeducation has the potential to assist individuals with depression and anxiety who may require workplace accommodations, but further research is required. Full article
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