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Type: Journal article
Title: Perceived acceptability of wearable devices for the treatment of mental health problems
Author: Hunkin, H.
King, D.L.
Zajac, I.T.
Citation: Journal of Clinical Psychology, 2020; 76(6):987-1003
Publisher: Wiley
Issue Date: 2020
ISSN: 0021-9762
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Hugh Hunkin, Daniel L. King, Ian T. Zajac
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: This study examined the potential acceptability of wearable devices (e.g., smart headbands, wristbands, and watches) aimed at treating mental health disorders, relative to conventional approaches. METHODS: A questionnaire assessed perceptions of wearable and nonwearable treatments, along with demographic and psychological information. Respondents (N = 427) were adults from a community sample (Mage  = 44.6, SDage  = 15.3) which included current (30.2%) and former (53.9%) mental health help-seekers. RESULTS: Perceived effectiveness of wearables was a strong predictor of interest in using them as adjuncts to talk therapies, or as an alternative to self-help options (e.g., smartphone applications). Devices were more appealing to those with negative evaluations of psychological therapy and less experience in help-seeking. CONCLUSIONS: Interest in using wearable devices was strong, particularly when devices were seen as effective. Clients with negative attitudes to conventional therapies may be more responsive to using wearable devices as a less directive treatment approach.
Keywords: Clinical decision-making
e-mental health
patient acceptance of healthcare
patient preferences
wearable electronic devices
Rights: © 2020 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
DOI: 10.1002/jclp.22934
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