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BMC Health Services Research

, 16:562

Health systems and services in low and middle income settings


BackgroundDigital technologies show promise for reversing poor engagement of youth 16–24 years with mental health services. In particular, mobile and internet based applications with communication capabilities can augment face-to-face mental health service provision. The literature in this field, however, fails to adequately capture the perspectives of the youth mental health workforce regarding utility and acceptability of technology for this purpose.

MethodsThis paper describes results of in-depth qualitative data drawn from various stakeholders involved in provision of youth mental health services in one Australian rural region. Data were obtained using focus groups and semi-structured interviews with regional youth mental health clinicians, youth workers and support-management staff n = 4 focus groups; n = 8 interviews and analysed via inductive thematic analysis.

ResultsResults question the acceptability of technology to engage clients within youth mental health services. Six main themes were identified: young people in a digital age, personal connection, power and vulnerability, professional identity, individual factors and organisational legitimacy.

ConclusionsThese findings deepen the understanding of risks and challenges faced when adopting new technologies in mental healthcare. Recommendations for technology design and implementation in mental health services are made.

KeywordsRural Youth Mental Health Technology Implementation Design AbbreviationsICTInformation communication technology

SMSShort message service

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-s12913-016-1790-y contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Autor: Simone Orlowski - Sharon Lawn - Ben Matthews - Anthony Venning - Kaisha Wyld - Gabrielle Jones - Megan Winsall - Gaston An


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