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Front Psychiatry. 2018 Oct 18;9:481. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2018.00481. eCollection 2018.

Co-design of eHealth Interventions With Children and Young People.

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Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.
School of Health, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand.


Co-design, defined as collective creativity across the entire design process, can lead to the development of interventions that are more engaging, satisfying, and useful to potential users. However, using this methodology within the research arena requires a shift from traditional practice. Co-design of eHealth interventions with children and young people has additional challenges. This review summarizes the applied core principles of co-design and recommends techniques for undertaking co-design with children and young people. Three examples of co-design during the development of eHealth interventions (Starship Rescue, a computer game for treating anxiety in children with long-term physical conditions, a self-monitoring app for use during treatment of depression in young people, and HABITS, the development of an emotional health and substance use app, and eHealth platform for young people) are provided to illustrate the value and challenges of this contemporary process.


agile methodology; children and adolescents; co-design; eHealth; kanban; method; research; scrum

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