Development of an internet-delivered program and platform for the treatment of depression and anxiety in patients with ischemic heart disease in eMindYourHeart

Thomas Schmidt*, Robin Kok, Christina M. Andersen, Søren J. Skovbakke, Robert Ahm, Uffe Kock Wiil, Lisbeth Frostholm, Susanne S. Pedersen

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Abstract

To design and evaluate a mental health treatment program and internet-based delivery platform for patients with ischemic heart disease (IHD) attending cardiac rehabilitation with the aim of reducing the risks associated with anxiety and/or depression. Patients diagnosed with IHD and comorbid anxiety and/or depression. Participatory design of treatment program and internet platform through staged inclusion of participants in two groups. Group 1 was enrolled as co-researchers with prolonged engagement in the project. Group 2 participated only in the pilot evaluation workshop. Three patients were included in Group 1, two patients in Group 2. Inclusion of patients proved challenging, but the extended collaboration with co-researchers yielded valuable circumstantial insight and resulted in the design of a novel nine-module treatment program. Additionally, the inclusion of two participant groups helped shape the development of an internet platform based on an open-source content management system. Our grouped participation method contributes with several recommendations and reflections of advantages of this approach. Collaboration with co-researchers helped us gain a deeper understanding of the impact of language on self-perception and potential stigma. Prolonged participation led to a higher level of trust and familiarity, which enabled uncovering of issues otherwise hidden.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInformatics for Health and Social Care
Volume46
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)178-191
ISSN1753-8157
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2. Jun 2021

Keywords

  • eHealth
  • end-user involvement
  • heart disease
  • mental health
  • participatory design
  • telemedicine
  • workshops

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