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Front. Psychiatry | doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2018.00481

Co-design of eHealth interventions with children and young people

  • 1Psychological Medicine, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • 2School of Health, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Co-design can lead to the development of interventions that are more engaging, satisfying and useful to potential users. However, using this methodology within the research arena requires a shift from traditional practice. Co-design of eHealth interventions with children and young people has additional challenges. This review summarises the applied core principles of co-design and recommends techniques for undertaking co-design with children and young people. Three examples of co-design during the development of eHealth interventions (Starship Rescue, a computer game for treating anxiety in children with long-term physical conditions, a self-monitoring app for use during treatment of depression in young people, and HABITS, the development of an emotional health and substance use app and eHealth platform for young people) are provided to illustrate the value and challenges of this contemporary process.

Keywords: co-design, eHealth, Research, Children and adolescents, Method, agile methodology, kanban, scrum

Received: 07 Mar 2018; Accepted: 13 Sep 2018.

Edited by:

David Cohen, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France

Reviewed by:

Victoria E. Cosgrove, Stanford University, United States
Rajiv Radhakrishnan, Yale School of Medicine, Yale University, United States  

Copyright: © 2018 Thabrew, Fleming, Hetrick and Merry. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Dr. Hiran Thabrew, University of Auckland, Psychological Medicine, Auckland, 1149, New Zealand, h.thabrew@auckland.ac.nz