Mental Health Apps

The expanding use of mobile health (mHealth) technologies is unprecedented in the history of medicine. Every month, companies and researches release new smartphone apps, smart watches, and sensor technologies for the health care market. Psychiatry has been no exception to this trend. There has also been growing patient, clinical, government, and payer interest in the potential of mHealth technologies for psychiatric clinical care. Psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, psychotherapists, and other mental health clinicians are increasingly faced with questions regarding the efficacy and risks of mobile and online apps.

APA is helping Psychiatrists and other mental health professionals navigate these issues to ensure all important factors are considered and ultimately determine whether an app works for you and your patients. The material provided here covers why it is critical to rate an app, how best to evaluate an app and an opportunity to seek additional guidance on apps and/or the evaluation process.

Why Rate Mental Health Apps?

Learn why it is important to rate mental health apps for you and your patients.

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App Evaluation Model

Learn about APA's recommended model that will help you make an informed decision on whether an app is right for you and your patients.

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App Evaluation Example

View an example app evaluation using APA's App Evaluation Model, broken down by category and question.

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The app evaluation model is the result of work by the APA’s smartphone app evaluation workgroup and the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society’s Health Information Technology Committee.