Mental Health App Evaluation: Updating the American Psychiatric Association's Framework Through a Stakeholder-Engaged Workshop

Sarah Lagan, Margaret R. Emerson, Darlene King, Sonia Matwin, Steven R. Chan, Stephon Proctor, Julia Tartaglia, Karen L. Fortuna, Patrick Aquino, Robert Walker, Michelle Dirst, Nicole Benson, Keris Jan Myrick, Nathan Tatro, David Gratzer, John Torous

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Abstract

The app evaluation framework of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) has emerged as an adaptable tool for those seeking to navigate the ever-growing space of mental health apps. The authors describe a meeting convened in December 2019 to refine the APA framework. The expert panel comprised 16 individuals across health care fields, with representation from psychiatry, psychology, social work, nursing, clinical informatics, peer support specialists, and individuals with lived mental health experience. This meeting resulted in an update to the APA framework with the addition of clearer question descriptions and the release of an eight-question screener that may be useful in clinical settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1095-1098
Number of pages4
JournalPsychiatric services (Washington, D.C.)
Volume72
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Computer technology
  • Public education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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