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Rapid Design and Delivery of an Experience-Based Co-designed Mobile App to Support the Mental Health Needs of Health Care Workers Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic: Impact Evaluation Protocol

Matthew Lewis, Victoria J Palmer, Aneta Kotevski, Konstancja Densley, Meaghan L O'Donnell, Caroline Johnson, Franz Wohlgezogen, Kathleen Gray, Kate Robins-Browne, Luke Burchill



BACKGROUND: The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of health care workers' mental health and well-being for the successful function of the health care system. Few targeted digital tools exist to support the mental health of hospital-based health care workers, and none of them appear to have been led and co-designed by health care workers. OBJECTIVE: RMHive is being led and developed by health care workers using experience-based co-design (EBCD) processes as a mobile app to support the mental health challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic to health care workers. We present a protocol for the impact evaluation for the rapid design and delivery of the RMHive mobile app. METHODS:..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to acknowledge Ms Roxanne Kritharidis and Ms Maria Potiriadis for providing research support to this study. The COVID Digital Asset (COVIDDA) program of work encompasses the RMHive app and is supported by a health care worker advisory group and an implementation group comprised of stream leads and health care worker representatives from the hospital. Additional support was provided by the Executive Steering Committee and the Digital & Mental Health Advisory Group. This research was funded by a grant from the Australian Government Department of Health, the Peter Doherty Philanthropic Advisory Group, Royal Melbourne Hospital, and The University of Melbourne. The funders had no input into the preparation of this manuscript and will not be involved in analyses of its outcomes.