E. Stern, J-A Micoulaud Franchi, G. Dumas, J. Moreira, S. Mouchabac, J. Maruani, P. Philip, M.l Lejoyeux, P. A. Geoffroy
The Neuroscientist
Publication year: 2022

The use of digital technologies is constantly growing around the world. The wider-spread adoption of digital technologies and solutions in the daily clinical practice in psychiatry seems to be a question of when, not if. We propose a synthesis of the scientific literature on digital technologies in psychiatry and discuss the main aspects of its possible uses and interests in psychiatry according to three domains of influence that appeared to us: 1) assist and improve current care: digital psychiatry allows for more people to have access to care by simply being more accessible but also by being less stigmatized and more convenient; 2) develop new treatments: digital psychiatry allows for new treatments to be distributed via apps, and practical guidelines can reduce ethical challenges and increase the efficacy of digital tools; and 3) produce scientific and medical knowledge: digital technologies offer larger and more objective data collection, allowing for more detection and prevention of symptoms. Finally, ethical and efficacy issues remain, and some guidelines have been put forth on how to safely use these solutions and prepare for the future.

digital psychiatry, digital mental health, digital therapy, digital phenotyping

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