Using digital monitoring alongside psychosocial interventions in patients who self-harm
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Fiona Brand and Keith Hawton. Using digital monitoring alongside psychosocial interventions in patients who self-harm. Mental Health Practice. 06 May 2021 / Vol 24 issue 3
With more than 200,000 presentations to hospital for self-harm each year in England, there is a clear requirement to reduce self-harm and improve well-being in this population. This service evaluation examined the potential for digital self-monitoring of patients’ well-being as an adjunct to psychological supportive therapy. The evaluation used a series of questionnaires to investigate patients’ use of digital technology to self-monitor their mood, suicidality and self-harm behaviour. The authors also collected questionnaire feedback from patients and clinicians about their experience of using the digital technology. Patients who used the digital self-monitoring technology mostly found it useful and easy to use, as did the clinicians. This method of recording patients’ progress has now been incorporated into routine clinical care.
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