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Currently submitted to: Journal of Medical Internet Research

Date Submitted: Nov 14, 2020
Open Peer Review Period: Nov 14, 2020 - Jan 9, 2021
(currently open for review)

Warning: This is an author submission that is not peer-reviewed or edited. Preprints - unless they show as "accepted" - should not be relied on to guide clinical practice or health-related behavior and should not be reported in news media as established information.

Development of a Resource Guide to Support the Engagement of Mental Health Providers and Patients with Digital Health Tools: A Multi-method Study

  • Gillian Strudwick; 
  • David McLay; 
  • Brian Lo; 
  • Hwayeon Danielle Shin; 
  • Leanne Currie; 
  • Nicole Thomson; 
  • √Čric Maillet; 
  • Vanessa Strong; 
  • Alanna Miller; 
  • Nelson Shen; 
  • Janis Campbell



As mental illness continues to affect one in five individuals, and the need for support has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, the promise of digital mental health tools remains largely unrealized due to lack of uptake by patients and providers.


The specific objective of this project is to develop a web-based resource to support the engagement of mental health providers and patients in the use of digital mental health tools.


The web-based resource was developed using a multi-method approach. We conducted: 1) an environmental scan and engagement of experts in the field; 2) an academic literature review; 3) a grey literature review; and 4) a stakeholder engagement workshop.


We developed a resource, which is now available publicly online, to support patients' and providers' engagement in the usage of digital mental health tools. Based on a literature review, environmental scan with 27 experts and an engagement workshop with 15 stakeholders, 25 resources were identified and included in the resource guide. The contents of the resource guide are directed at mental health care providers, administrators and patients/clients (inclusive of families/caregivers).


The resource guide is now publicly available online for free. Future work should explore how this document can be integrated into clinical care delivery and pathways.


Please cite as:

Strudwick G, McLay D, Lo B, Shin HD, Currie L, Thomson N, Maillet √, Strong V, Miller A, Shen N, Campbell J

Development of a Resource Guide to Support the Engagement of Mental Health Providers and Patients with Digital Health Tools: A Multi-method Study

JMIR Preprints. 14/11/2020:25773

DOI: 10.2196/preprints.25773


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