Digital health has much to offer medicine, but object-relations theory has much to offer digital health. The potential of digital health for reducing health disparities, increasing access to care, and offering innovative interventions has triggered myriad novel approaches using smartphone apps and connected devices. But as digital health evolves beyond the novelty of technology alone, new challenges have emerged. In this Viewpoint, we explore the challenge of engagement and suggest how a theoretical approach can offer a concrete path forward.
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Cohen J, Torous J. The Potential of Object-Relations Theory for Improving Engagement With Health Apps. JAMA. 2019;322(22):2169–2170. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.17141
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