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Novel Technology in Psychiatric Rehabilitation

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Being the most prevalent classes of chronic disorders in the general population, psychiatric disorders are suggested to be the most impairing among all chronic diseases. To combat the long-term impact on the affected individuals, psychiatric rehabilitation is an imperative option to improve functioning, promote quality of life and fulfill one’s life roles.

Traditional psychiatric rehabilitation usually requires close, face-to-face interaction and coaching relationship between the clients and therapists. Limitation in manpower and resources are common hurdles to provide proper rehabilitation service. Recent advances in novel technology provides new and non-traditional intervention options for psychiatric rehabilitation, as the advances in technologies have greatly transformed the way of communications between clients and service provider, provides novel platforms (e.g. telecommunication) for carrying out rehabilitation and allows customized rehabilitation approaches for service users. The technological advancement facilitates the practice of psychiatric rehabilitation by means which would be unpractical in the past.

The aim of this Research Topic is to capture the application of novel technology in psychiatric rehabilitation, and to anticipate the future trends and directions of these applications. With the current advances in the related research fields, this research topic will compile a collection of high quality, evidence-based and innovative articles which discuss on the advances and limitations of novel technology in treating different types of psychiatric disorders. We aim at featuring adoption of novel technologies including but not limited to tele-health, virtual/augmented/mixed reality, robotics, digital interventions, computerized therapy and artificial intelligence in psychiatric rehabilitation. Articles which discuss the trends in application of novel technologies in the practice of psychiatric rehabilitation (e.g. cognitive behavioral therapy and alternative medicine practices) are particularly welcome.

The focus of this research topic will be on novel technologies-based interventions in rehabilitation of psychiatric diseases, such as schizophrenia, mood disorders and anxiety disorders. The articles should discuss the principle, methodology, effectiveness and potential limitation of the interventions. The types of articles to be included in the topic includes randomized controlled trials, pre-clinical studies, meta-analysis, systematic review, high quality narrative reviews, case-control studies, quasi-experimental or other experimental studies.

Potential topics are:

• Latest technological advances in information technology and potential usage in psychiatric rehabilitation;
• Application of Virtual Reality in the treatment of anxiety disorders;
• Provision of psychiatric rehabilitation service via internet-based and mobile technology;
• Application of robotics in community-based psychiatric rehabilitation;
• Culture-related consideration of technological-based psychiatric rehabilitation intervention;
• Incorporation of artificial intelligence in psychosocial interventions;
• Automation in management of psychiatric rehabilitation;
• Internet-based psychiatric rehabilitation program;
• Development of mobile apps for service user and caregivers.


Keywords: technologies, rehabilitation, psychiatry


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Being the most prevalent classes of chronic disorders in the general population, psychiatric disorders are suggested to be the most impairing among all chronic diseases. To combat the long-term impact on the affected individuals, psychiatric rehabilitation is an imperative option to improve functioning, promote quality of life and fulfill one’s life roles.

Traditional psychiatric rehabilitation usually requires close, face-to-face interaction and coaching relationship between the clients and therapists. Limitation in manpower and resources are common hurdles to provide proper rehabilitation service. Recent advances in novel technology provides new and non-traditional intervention options for psychiatric rehabilitation, as the advances in technologies have greatly transformed the way of communications between clients and service provider, provides novel platforms (e.g. telecommunication) for carrying out rehabilitation and allows customized rehabilitation approaches for service users. The technological advancement facilitates the practice of psychiatric rehabilitation by means which would be unpractical in the past.

The aim of this Research Topic is to capture the application of novel technology in psychiatric rehabilitation, and to anticipate the future trends and directions of these applications. With the current advances in the related research fields, this research topic will compile a collection of high quality, evidence-based and innovative articles which discuss on the advances and limitations of novel technology in treating different types of psychiatric disorders. We aim at featuring adoption of novel technologies including but not limited to tele-health, virtual/augmented/mixed reality, robotics, digital interventions, computerized therapy and artificial intelligence in psychiatric rehabilitation. Articles which discuss the trends in application of novel technologies in the practice of psychiatric rehabilitation (e.g. cognitive behavioral therapy and alternative medicine practices) are particularly welcome.

The focus of this research topic will be on novel technologies-based interventions in rehabilitation of psychiatric diseases, such as schizophrenia, mood disorders and anxiety disorders. The articles should discuss the principle, methodology, effectiveness and potential limitation of the interventions. The types of articles to be included in the topic includes randomized controlled trials, pre-clinical studies, meta-analysis, systematic review, high quality narrative reviews, case-control studies, quasi-experimental or other experimental studies.

Potential topics are:

• Latest technological advances in information technology and potential usage in psychiatric rehabilitation;
• Application of Virtual Reality in the treatment of anxiety disorders;
• Provision of psychiatric rehabilitation service via internet-based and mobile technology;
• Application of robotics in community-based psychiatric rehabilitation;
• Culture-related consideration of technological-based psychiatric rehabilitation intervention;
• Incorporation of artificial intelligence in psychosocial interventions;
• Automation in management of psychiatric rehabilitation;
• Internet-based psychiatric rehabilitation program;
• Development of mobile apps for service user and caregivers.


Keywords: technologies, rehabilitation, psychiatry


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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08 October 2021 Abstract
28 January 2022 Manuscript

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08 October 2021 Abstract
28 January 2022 Manuscript

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