Journal article

Adaptation of a Digital Health Innovation to Prevent Relapse and Support Recovery in Youth Receiving Services for First-Episode Psychosis: Results From the Horyzons-Canada Phase 1 Study

Shalini Lal, John Gleeson, Lysanne Rivard, Simon D'Alfonso, Ridha Joober, Ashok Malla, Mario Alvarez-Jimenez

Journal of Medical Internet Research | JMIR PUBLICATIONS, INC | Published : 2020


BACKGROUND: Developing a digital health innovation can require a substantial amount of financial and human resource investment before it can be scaled for implementation across geographical, cultural, and health care contexts. As such, there is an increased interest in leveraging eHealth innovations developed and tested in one country or jurisdiction and using these innovations in local settings. However, limited knowledge exists on the processes needed to appropriately adapt digital health innovations to optimize their transferability across geographical, cultural, and contextual settings. OBJECTIVE: We report on the results of an adaptation study of Horyzons, a digital health innovation or..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors gratefully acknowledge the contributions of all the patient and clinician participants who dedicated their time to this study. This Phase 1-Adaptation Study of the Horyzons-Canada research program was supported by a NARSAD Young Investigator Grant from the Brain and Behaviour Research Foundation awarded to SL. During this study, SL was supported in part by a Research Scholar Salary Award from the Fonds de recherche du Quebec-Sante and subsequently in part by a New Investigator Salary Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. AM and SL are currently funded in part by the Canada Research Chairs Program. MA was supported by an investigator grant (APP1177235) from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia.