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JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2017 Oct 6;5(10):e152. doi: 10.2196/mhealth.7988.

Mobile Health Apps in OB-GYN-Embedded Psychiatric Care: Commentary.

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Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA, United States.
Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, United States.
Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, United States.
Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, MA, United States.
CliniOps, Fremont, CA, United States.
Contributed equally


This paper explores the potential benefits of the use of mobile health (mHealth) apps in obstetrician-gynecologist (OB-GYN)-embedded psychiatric clinics in the United States. First, we highlight the increasing trend of integrating mental health care within the OB-GYN context. Second, we provide examples of successful uses of mHealth in the global health context and highlight the dearth of available research in the United States. Finally, we provide a summary of the shortcomings of currently available apps and describe the upcoming trial of a novel app currently underway at the Mother-Child Wellness Clinical and Research Center at Boston Medical Center.


OB-GYN; eHealth; embedded psychiatric clinic; global health; mHealth; mental health; postpartum depression; reproductive health

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