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Publication type: Conference poster
Type of review: Peer review (abstract)
Title: Effective mHealth for stress prevention and management in times of sparce health care resources
Authors: Meidert, Ursula
Egger, Selina
Klamroth-Marganska, Verena
et. al: No
DOI: 10.21256/zhaw-25044
Conference details: 24th IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion, Montreal, Canada, 15-19 May 2022
Issue Date: 15-May-2022
Publisher / Ed. Institution: ZHAW Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften
Language: English
Subjects: mHealth; Stress prevention; App; Stress reduction
Subject (DDC): 155: Differential and developmental psychology
Abstract: Background/Objectives: The current and ongoing COVID pandemic caused much disruption to our work and family lives. For many, it added additional stress to an already stressful lifestyle that is prevalent in our society. Because stress can be detrimental to both physical and mental health, many people are seeking help and support from health practitioners. Due to pandemic restrictions, entire populations were prevented from seeking professional help and were left to deal with the situation on their own. Therefore, alternative ways to release stress and prevent stress-related symptoms are needed for times when professional help is scarce or unavailable. The aim of this study was to identify effective web- and app-based interventions to reduce mental and physical symptoms of stress and to explore their use in situations where traditional health care is not at hand. Methods: A systematic literature review was conducted in the databases PubMed, PsycINFO, and CINAHL Complete Articles published between 2015 and 2020, focusing on otherwise healthy adults, and demonstrating efficacy in reducing stress or/and stress-related symptoms were included. Results: A total of 28 articles were found with 20 effective products (13 web-based, 7 apps). Most products are course-like sessions on different topics and exercises using methods such as psychoeducation, education on stress, cognitive restructuring, emotional regulation, problem solving, goal setting, breathing, mindfulness techniques, meditation, and relaxation. Also, most products use more than one technique and mixed materials such as text messages, videos, text, and audio information. The products often use methods to keep the user engaged, such as integration into daily routines, future planning, or reminders. Discussion: There are several products that have been shown to be effective in reducing perceived stress and stress-related symptoms. These are readily available and have a very low threshold. Therefore, they are suitable for providing care to communities during times when traditional health care supply is not readily available or is overwhelmed.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: School of Health Sciences
Organisational Unit: Institute of Occupational Therapy (IER)
Published as part of the ZHAW project: mHealthINX – The mental Health eXperience; Indication - iNtervention - eXperience
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