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UKHIT online - Computers and the Internet

2 March 2010

The latest issue of UK Health Informatics Today (UKHIT no 59, Winter 2009-10) is now available online.

Electronic version of UK Health Informatics today Issue 59

This issue focuses on matters relating to applications of computers in the field of mental health. Dr Henry Potts, the guest editor, is a Lecturer in CHIME, UCL with an interest in how technology from the Internet to mobile phones can facilitate peer support. The five contributors to this issue come from a variety of professional backgrounds and offer their reflections on the ways in which technology can be used to improve psychological wellbeing. These range from a consideration of the challenges of coding the necessary software infrastructure to develop digital technologies to support behaviour change, to some novel uses for virtual reality in treating certain mental health problems and the use of computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the prevention and early treatment of mental health problems. The potential for the Internet to connect people via online support groups in mental health is explored along with the mobile phone as a delivery platform for psychological support.

The authors would welcome feedback.

Jeannette Murphy
Editor

Table of Contents:

  • Introducing a UKHIT Special Issue: Computers and the Internet: innovative approaches to improving psychological wellbeing by Jeannette Murphy, Senior Research Fellow in Health Informatics, CHIME, UCL
  • Guest Editorial by Dr Henry Potts, Lecturer, CHIME, UCL
  • The LifeGuide: new software for developing and evaluating digital self-care interventions by Lucy Yardley, Director, LifeGuide node of the National Centre for e-Social Science, University of Southampton
  • Virtual reality in mental healthcare and beyond by Alexandra Douglass-Bonner, MSc Student, Department of Computing, Imperial College London
  • Computerised cognitive behavioural therapy for prevention and early intervention in anxiety and depression by Amy McKeown, Honorary Research Fellow, UCL Centre for Health Informatics and Multiprofessional Education (CHIME)
  • Online support groups in mental health by Chris Barker and Nancy Pistrang, Readers, UCL Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology
  • Endpiece: from computer to mobile by Dr Henry W W Potts, Lecturer, UCL Centre for Health Informatics and Multiprofessional Education (CHIME) and Galit Zadok, Mobile consultant
  • UKHIT Diary - Health Informatics Conferences

CHIME is now hosting the UK Health Informatics Today (UKHIT) Newsletter