Journal article

Practitioner review: Co-design of digital mental health technologies with children and young people

Rhys Bevan Jones, Paul Stallard, Sharifah Shameem Agha, Simon Rice, Aliza Werner-Seidler, Karolina Stasiak, Jason Kahn, Sharon A Simpson, Mario Alvarez-Jimenez, Frances Rice, Rhiannon Evans, Sally Merry



BACKGROUND: There is increasing interest in digital technologies to help improve children and young people's mental health, and the evidence for the effectiveness for these approaches is rising. However, there is concern regarding levels of user engagement, uptake and adherence. Key guidance regarding digital health interventions stress the importance of early user input in the development, evaluation and implementation of technologies to help ensure they are engaging, feasible, acceptable and potentially effective. Co-design is a process of active involvement of stakeholders, requiring a change from the traditional approaches to intervention development. However, there is a lack of literatu..

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Funding Acknowledgements

R.B.J. is supported by the Welsh Government through Health and Care Research Wales (National Institute for Health Research Fellowship, NIHR-PDF-2018), and the authors thank them for their support. S.R. is supported by a Career Development Fellowship (APP115888) and M.A.J. is supported by an Investigator Grant (APP1177235) from the National Health and Medical Research Council, Australia. A.W.S. is supported by a NSW Health Fellowship. S.S. is supported by the Medical Research Council and the Chief Scientist Office of the Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates (MC_UU_12017_14, SPHSU14). The authors thank all CYP, parents/carers, practitioners, designers and researchers who have collaborated with us in our studies. The intellectual property for SPARX is held by UniServices. S.M. and K.S. stand to gain financially from any commercialisation of SPARX. J.K. is a cofounder of Neuromotion Labs, which developed/commercialised Mightier. The remaining authors have declared that they have no competing or potential conflicts of interest.