Adherence to e-mental health among youth: Considerations for intervention development and research design

Published on 2020-05-23T12:06:25Z (GMT) by
<div><p>E-mental health programmes have great potential to provide young people with access to mental health support. However, it is commonly reported that adherence to these programmes is low. Low adherence can be problematic, particularly if young people do not receive the full benefits of a programme. In a research trial setting, non-adherence to treatment recommendations can prevent researchers from drawing strong conclusions about effectiveness. Although adherence has been recognised as an issue in need of attention, many of the reviews available are focused on adults and lack clear direction towards what strategies to employ. This paper presents a broad review of the adherence literature, focusing on factors associated with improving adherence to e-mental health among youth. Our view on the key elements to improve adherence identified from the existing literature are presented, and key recommendations for e-mental health intervention design are provided. These include: developing and communicating adherence guidelines based on individuals’ needs and symptom severity, including customisable features to provide a tailored experience and promote a sense of agency, including engagement checks and adopting a user-centred approach by utilising strategies such as co-design. This paper provides guidance to intervention designers and researchers by outlining recommendations and considerations for intervention development and research design.</p></div>

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Achilles, Melinda R; Anderson, Melissa; Li, Sophie H; Subotic-Kerry, Mirjana; Parker, Belinda; O’Dea, Bridianne (2020): Adherence to e-mental health among youth: Considerations for intervention development and research design. SAGE Journals. Collection. https://doi.org/10.25384/SAGE.c.4990289.v1