2nd Generation mHealth for Mental Health

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I’ve recently been putting together a description of my recent research in mental health. My interest in mental health dates back to the MONARCA project, which has led to a number of interesting results since, especially driven by the data that is still being collected, analysed, and published mainly by Maria Faurholt-Jepsen and Lars V. Kessing.

Now we have been researching the 2nd generation of mHealth technology for mental health as part of the RADMIS project. This has focused on the design of Behavioral Activation Technology, which supports therapeutic support for depressive patients. These technologies show promising results in terms of supporting intervention in mental health and has – in a non-randomized clinical trial – shown a reduction in depressive symptoms.

Behavioral Activation Technology

Behavioral activation is a 3rd generation behavior therapy for treating depression. We have build two different smartphone-based technologies supporting behavioral activation; MORIBUS and MUBS. MORIBUS is an app for patients to plan and track healthy activities designed to be part of BA therapy with a trained therapist, while MUBS utilize machine learning techniques for recommending healthy activities to patients and is designed to be used stand-alone outside therapy.

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RADMIS

According to WHO, depression is becoming a leading cause of disability. The aim of the “Reducing the rate and duration of readmission among patients with unipolar and bipolar disorder using smartphone-based monitoring and treatment” (RADMIS) project is to design smartphone-based monitoring and treatment technology for depressive patients. The clinical goal is to establish the efficacy of this technology by measuring hospital re-admission and clinical outcome.

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A Decade of Ubiquitous Computing Research in Mental Health

Together with Aleksandar Matic, I recently made an overview of the different Ubicomp technologies for mental health, which has been done over the last decade. The paper has just been published in the IEEE Pervasive Computing Magazine. But unfortunately, the supplementary material with references to all the 46 systems is missing. You can access this here.

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Having some quiet evenings on a skiing trip, I finally managed to find the time to add an SSL certificate to my web site. Hope this increase trust in what is happening here.

[Personal] Health Technology – Research & Trends

The other day I was giving a talk at the Danish hospital “Nordsjællands Hospital” as part of their research day.

I was trying to talk about the challenges that the Danish healthcare system is facing and how technology plays a role here. I also presented the new Department of Health Technology at the Technical University of Denmark, emphasising that health technology is both the “wet“, the “dry“, and the “digital“.

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