More research on mental health!


New centre for research-based innovation will investigate effects and contribute to increased use of digital mental health services. The Norwegian Centre for E-health Research joins as a research partner.

Helse Bergen HF will lead a new Centre for Research-based Innovation for Mobile Mental Health where the Norwegian Centre for E-health Research is one of the research partners. Photo: www.colourbox.no
Helse Bergen HF will lead a new Centre for Research-based Innovation for Mobile Mental Health where the Norwegian Centre for E-health Research is one of the research partners. Photo: www.colourbox.no

- We will contribute to an agile development of digital mental health services through quality assurance and examination of the services in an early testing phase, says Professor Anne Granstrøm Ekeland from the Norwegian Centre for E-health Research.

She has worked with Health Technology Assessment (HTA) for several years, and explains that early HTA's goal is to produce the necessary knowledge to quality-assure new e-health services before making any implementation decisions.

- We do this while the services are under development so that they can be adjusted to achieve psychological, medical and professional goals. We will contribute to this job through, among other things, process research and qualitative investigations where users also contribute, Professor Ekeland explains.

Need for new knowledge

Although the effects of digital services are well documented, the use of digital services is still limited. New knowledge about health economic effects, strategies for implementation and method assessment (HTA) is needed.

- We are very happy that mental health is given this opportunity. Our goal is to reach more people with treatment, and we hope this will allow us to continue with what we are doing through the Intromat project, says centre manager Tine Nordgreen of Intromat and the University of Bergen. Nordgreen will head the new centre.

Extend use and evaluate effects

The main goal of the centre is to expand the use and impact of digital mental health interventions through research on effectiveness compared to standard treatment, health economic and socio-economic effects, strategies for implementation and early Health Technology Assessment.

The centre will be based on existing digital interventions and will research and develop methods and models for health and socio-economic analysis, service design and implementation, and method assessment.

Postet 16.06.2020  av Randi Laukli


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Facts about SFI:

  • SFI stands for Centre for Research-based Innovation.
  • The centres develop competencies that are important for innovation and value creation.
  • Long-term research in close collaboration between R&D-active companies and prominent research environments will strengthen technology transfer, internationalization and research education. Scientific quality in research must be at a high international level.
  • The research council and partners in the centre fund fifty percent each.
  • The new centres will become the fourth generation of SFIs since 2005 and will be established for a maximum period of eight years (5 + 3).
  • The centres that receive funding now will be able to start from the fall.

Facts about this SFI:

  • This SFI receives up to NOK 183 million.
  • Helse Bergen heads the centre.
  • Research partners are the Norwegian Centre for E-health Research, the University of Bergen, BI School of Business, St. Olav's Hospital and three international universities (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam; University of Southern Denmark; Macquarie University, Sydney).

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