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May 11, 2021

Digital Interventions for Adults With Symptoms of Depression and Children and Adolescents With Symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Author Affiliations
  • 1Beth lsreal Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA. 2021;325(18):1839-1840. doi:10.1001/jama.2021.5047

The need for accessible and effective mental health interventions remains a global health priority, with internet and smartphone technology offering a feasible means to deliver care. The global pandemic has accelerated interest in, use of, and support for digital mental health solutions.1 Thus, 2 articles in this issue of JAMA offer relevant and timely evidence for offering digitally enabled care and highlight emerging frontiers for the behavioral health field.2,3 Both articles present an impressive assessment of digital approaches to improve access and outcomes and use high-quality methodology (randomization, control groups, multisite) that is often lacking in studies evaluating these type of digital interventions. Both reports move beyond the simple question of accessibility and feasibility and address important questions about effectiveness and implementation.