S08 – Supporting Effective Use of Digital Mental Health Apps and Websites in Patients and Clinicians

S08 – Supporting Effective Use of Digital Mental Health Apps and Websites in Patients and Clinicians

Le vendredi 20 octobre
10:45 – 11:45 (1 hr)
Salle de réunion : Finback (3rd floor – B Tower)
Sagar Parikh*, MD; Andrew Kcomt, B.Pharm.; Sagar Parikh, MD; Erin Michalak, Ph.D.

Rôles CanMEDS :

  1. Expert médical
  2. Professionnel
  3. Érudit

À la conclusion de cette activité, les participants seront en mesure de : 1) Identify ways to teach clinicians about mental health apps and websites; 2) Clarify key strategies to teach patients and the general public about digital mental health tools; and 3) Identify challenges in teaching digital literacy to patients with bipolar disorder and one solution using a video.

Mental health apps and websites can be effective and complementary to traditional face-to-face care by enhancing help-seeking behaviour and providing immediate treatment. Although such digital tools are widely promoted, little training exists on how to use them. Our symposium describes and evaluates several approaches to using these tools. In the first presentation, Mr. Kcomt will describe the needs survey, learning objectives, and workshop outcomes to teach patients and the general public key digital mental health resources and how to use them. Remarkably, 95.6% of the 113 attendees reported overall high satisfaction. Dr. Parikh will describe three different CME events—a webinar, an online course, and a previous CPA workshop—designed to teach clinicians how to evaluate, choose, and implement digital mental health tools in practice, together with detailed evaluations. Ratings from 247 attendees were high, with 72% indicating immediate use in practice. Dr. Michalak will describe the codevelopment (with people with bipolar disorder) of a digital mental health literacy video and its evaluation. Emphasis will be on the community-based participatory framework used to create the video. These presentations illustrate how to apply various evidence-based education principles and their evaluation. Further, they provide various models of teaching digital tools with different pedagogic approaches for diverse learner populations. Such models invite a broader uptake, with the authors seeking partners for widespread implementation and dissemination of teaching digital mental health tools.

Références :

  1. Morton E, Nicholas J, Yang L, et al. Evaluating the quality, safety, and functionality of commonly used smartphone apps for bipolar disorder mood and sleep self-management. Int J Bipolar Disord 2022;10:10.
  2. Strudwick G, McLay DW, Currie LM, et al. Digital mental health tools: resources to support mental health clinical practice. Toronto (ON): Centre for Addiction and Mental Health [website]; 2020. Available from: https://bit.ly/3PfYvya.