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SFI-Sentre for forskn.drevet innov

Centre for research-based innovation on Mobile Mental Health (ForHelse)

Alternative title: Forskningssenter for Digitale Psykiske Helsetjenester (ForHelse)

Awarded: NOK 96.0 mill.

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2020 - 2028


The goal of Centre for Mobile Mental Health is to increase the use and impact of digital psychological interventions. The goal is that by 2025 a minimum of 15 % of all psychological interventions will be digital, growing to 20 % by 2030. In the field of digital health-services there are knowledge gaps on effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the interventions in addition barriers and facilitators for effective scaling up of cost-effective digital interventions. This knowledge is also sought after by our industry-, healthcare-partners and local, national and international governing bodies. The Centre will include eight PhD candidates and four Post-doctoral fellows. All research in the Centre will be tied to one or more of the following target groups/ contexts: - Adolescents with anxiety in primary care - Women with postpartum depression in primary care - Adults with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in secondary care - Adults with chronic illness - Adults with anxiety and depression in secondary care - Adults with back pain in private health care - Adults with cognitive impairment related to cancer treatment. Common for all the interventions is the main focus on challenges in mental health and behavioral change. Centre for Mobile Mental Health is located at Haukeland University Hospital (HUH), hosted by the Division of Psychiatry at the hospital. Our offices as well as our administration is at HUH. In addition to Haukeland University Hospital our research partners are University of Bergen, St. Olavs Hospital, BI Norwegian School of Business, Regional Centre for Child and Adolescents Mental Health – Eastern and Southern Norway, Norwegian Centre for e-health research and Helse Vest ICT. Our industry-partners are Youwell AS, ChecWare AS, Changetech AS, Lifekeys AS and Microsoft Norway. Our health-service partners are Bergen Municipality, Helse i Hardanger, Vestfold hospital, St. Olavs hospital as well as eMeistring and IBS-school at Haukeland University Hospital.

The primary objective of the Centre for research-based innovation on Mobile Mental Health (CMMH) is to increase the use and impact of digital psychological interventions. The goal is to have a minimum of 15% of all psychological interventions accessed digitally by 2025, growing to 20 % by 2030. This will increase access to evidence-based mental health care and have a substantial positive impact on health outcomes, burden of disease, healthcare costs, eHealth industry and society as a whole. There is a large body of evidence documenting the efficacy of digital psychological interventions for highly prevalent mental disorders (e.g., depression and anxiety) and other health disorders (e.g., pain, irritable bowel syndrome, and cancer). Digitalization of the healthcare services are needed in order to meet future needs for effective and sustainable healthcare services. However, the current use of digital healthcare services in routine care is low, and their impact on the industry, healthcare, and society is limited. CMMH will move the research on digital psychological interventions from the interventions themselves, to research on the impact of the interventions in real world settings. CMMH will promote innovation and sustainable value creation as we will conduct beyond state-of-the-art research on effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, early assessment of innovation potential and effective implementation strategies. CMMH bring together the five most ambitious and relevant eHealth businesses in Norway, four national and international leading groups of researchers in the domain of innovative digital healthcare services in Norway and in Europe, five public healthcare services with nationally leading positions in the domain of digitalization, one innovative private non-profit healthcare service integrating mental and somatic health services, and therapists and patients with first-hand experience with digital interventions.

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