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Using technology to deliver mental health services to children and youth: a scoping review.

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1
Child Health Evaluative Sciences Research Institute, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario ; Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario.
2
Community Health Systems Resource Group, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario.
3
Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario ; TeleLink Mental Health Program, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario.
4
Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario ; Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Ontario.
5
Clinical Informatics and Technology Assisted Programs, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario.
6
TeleLink Mental Health Program, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario ; The Ontario Child and Youth Telepsychiatry Program, Toronto, Ontario.

Abstract

in English, French

OBJECTIVE:

To conduct a scoping review on the use of technology to deliver mental health services to children and youth in order to identify the breadth of peer-reviewed literature, summarize findings and identify gaps.

METHOD:

A literature database search identified 126 original studies meeting criteria for review. Descriptive numerical summary and thematic analyses were conducted. Two reviewers independently extracted data.

RESULTS:

Studies were characterized by diverse technologies including videoconferencing, telephone and mobile phone applications and Internet-based applications such as email, web sites and CD-ROMs.

CONCLUSION:

The use of technologies plays a major role in the delivery of mental health services and supports to children and youth in providing prevention, assessment, diagnosis, counseling and treatment programs. Strategies are growing exponentially on a global basis, thus it is critical to study the impact of these technologies on child and youth mental health service delivery. An in-depth review and synthesis of the quality of findings of studies on effectiveness of the use of technologies in service delivery are also warranted. A full systematic review would provide that opportunity.

KEYWORDS:

children and young people; mental health; scoping review; service delivery; technology

PMID:
24872824
PMCID:
PMC4032077

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