E-MENTAL HEALTH RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

E-Health, telemedicine, digital health promotion... Behind these expressions is emerging a management of health transformed by the use of new technologies.
 
The WHOCC has invested this field of research by getting involved in the projects:
 
.eMEN: Platform for innovation and transnational implementation of e-mental health in North-Western Europe. 
.Stop Blues: project led by Urc-Eco / Inserm to strengthen suicide prevention through digital tools and with WHOCC as a partner
.ARPA: European projects of which WHO is a member and aims to develop an international network to improve care for older people with mental health problems
 
.EQUME - Qualitative study of expectations, needs and uses of M-Health (e-health technology in mental health) by all stakeholders:
In 2016, the CCOMS decided to carry out, with the support of the french ministry of health, a study on the identification of representations, expectations and uses of e-mental health technologies by each of the stakeholders: patients-users and their families, user representatives, health professionals (general practitioners, psychiatrists, psychologists, occupational therapists, nurses, social workers).
 
Objectives
The project proposes a sociological analysis of the dissemination of the use of e-mental health technologies in France. This is:
1) to highlight the representations, uses and use of e-health devices by all stakeholders;
2) to establish individual and professional group profiles of these representations and uses;
3) to establish a typology of e-mental health devices currently available or to be available in the near future. Establishing a precise definition is important because activities under the term e-health are governed by different regulations and legal regimes and the debate on regulation has intensified with the development of mobile applications dedicated to well-being and health.
 
Methodology
The study has a qualitative and a quantitative component.
In qualitative terms, ten focus groups were conducted with patients-users and their families, representatives of users, the general public and various health professionals (71 people in all).
On the quantitative side, a questionnaire was distributed via mental health services and general practitioners' offices. More than a thousand questionnaires are currently analysing. 
At the same time, a critical analysis of the literature will make it possible to establish a typology of available e-mental health technologies (connected objects, semantic web, therapeutic games -serious game- technological devices for healthcare coordination, etc.) and to highlight their application potential, functionalities, limits and risks.