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Ok, so what should be maintained on the page? I removed the definitions because they were just followed by ELs. If people don't know how to format references, I tend to assume they're just trying to promote their company. Inserting ELs in the body of an article is discouraged. And what ELs should stay? I really don't think that on a page that is as short as this, we need more than about 5. Even that is rather pushing it, I'd say. Carl.bunderson (talk) 20:46, 9 January 2009 (UTC)

2 weeks and no reply....back to the edited down version. Carl.bunderson (talk) 23:43, 25 January 2009 (UTC)

This reference is bad:

  1. ^ Jochen Fingberg, Marit Hansen et al.: Integrating Data Custodians in eHealth Grids – Security and Privacy Aspects, NEC Lab Report, 2006 —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:27, 4 April 2011 (UTC)

Additional information[edit]

I would like a place inside eHealth that allowed discussion of "E-Treatment The provision of evidence based information that results in short and long term changes commensurate with those obtained from face to face treatment for the same disorder." I can't reference that because it is my definition (and I'm happy to change it) but I can cite the papers and book behind my piece on E-Treatment. Tell me to scram or help me make a contribution, please:

E-Treatment for anxiety and depressive disorders:

The anxiety and depressive mental disorders are conventionally treated with medication or face to face cognitive behaviour therapy. There is a considerable research literature on the provision of computerized, i.e. preprogrammed, cognitive behaviour therapy delivered over the internet, with or without clinician support, to patients with anxiety and depressive disorders .

There are at least four programs sufficiently advanced to be approved for dissemination. Two programs have been identified by the UK National Institute for Clinical Excellence as cost effective for use in primary care. The first is Fearfighter : a text based CBT program to treat people with phobias and the second is Beating the Blues, an interactive text, cartoon and video CBT program for anxiety and depression. Two programs have been supported for use in primary care by the Australian Government. The first is Anxietyonline , a text based program for the anxiety, depressive and eating disorders, and the second is the CRUfAD set of interactive text, cartoon and video programs for the anxiety and depressive disorders.

Internet therapies for anxiety and depressive disorders can do better than conventional drug treatment in terms of cost and efficacy and the four programs listed above all have reported superiority over control groups double that of standard drug therapy, and at a quarter the cost. Benefits are long lasting and have been shown to include comorbid disorders that were not the direct focus of treatment . Patient adherence is higher than that obtained in face to face clinics, attributed by patients to the convenience of getting treatment over the web and to the structure of the material that allows them to learn at their own pace. There is emerging evidence that internet therapy may be of benefit in physical disorders like tinnitus and in substance use disorders like alcohol abuse. The field is developing quickly.

7 references to be added once I know where I'm going —Preceding unsigned comment added by Monasharpe (talkcontribs) 11:13, 13 July 2009 (UTC)

I suggest you publish your work, and if the term gains currency through publication and use in other notable sources, then it can be included in wikipedia. --Karl.brown (talk) 16:39, 21 July 2009 (UTC)

The section on E Mental Health requires more detail regarding specific E Mental Health programs and research evaluating the efficacy of these programs. The above suggestion was a good start although it required much more detail. Unfortunately, it has remained unpublished.Suzanne Lois Robson (talk) 09:55, 27 March 2013 (UTC)

The suggestion above was really good. In my opinion, more details about medical confidentiality in electronic health record should be mentioned too. MaiSawangduan (talk) 12:22, 28 March 2013 (UTC)

New Additions to E Mental Health Section[edit]

E Mental Health is frequently used to refer to internet based interventions and support for mental health conditions. [1] However, it can also refer to the use of information and communication technologies that also include the use of social media, landline and mobile phones. [2] E-health services can include information; peer support services, computer and internet based programs, virtual applications and games as well as real time interaction with trained clinicians. [3] Programs can also be delivered using telephones and interactive voice response (IVR) [4]

Mental illness includes a range of conditions such as alcohol and drug use disorders, mood disorders such as depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, delusional disorders such as schizophrenia, and anxiety disorders. [5] The majority of e mental health interventions however have focused on the treatment of depression and anxiety. Cite error: A <ref> tag is missing the closing </ref> (see the help page). gambling [6] and post-disaster mental health.[7]

E mental health has a number of advantages such as being low cost, easily accessible and providing anonymity to users. [8]However, there are also a number of disadvantages such as concerns regarding user privacy and confidentiality. Online security involves the implementation of appropriate safeguards to protect user privacy and confidentiality. This includes appropriate collection and handling of user data, the protection of data from unauthorized access and modification and the safe storage of data. [9]

References “

  1. ^ Bennett, K., Reynolds, J., Christensen, H., & Griffiths, K.M. (2010) e-hub: an online self-help mental health service in the community. "Medical Journal of Australia", 192(11) S48-S52.
  2. ^ The NHS Confederation (2013) "E-Mental Health: what’s all the fuss about?" London, UK.
  3. ^ Australian Government (2012) "E-Mental Health Strategy for Australia." Canberra, Australia.
  4. ^ National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence (2008) "Computerised cognitive behaviour therapy for depression and anxiety." London, UK.
  5. ^ American Psychiatric Association (2000) "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders." Eigal Meirovich, Baltimore, US.
  6. ^ Hodgins, D.C. , Fick, G.H., Murray, R. & Cunningham, J.A.(2013) Internet-based interventions for disordered gamblers: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial of online self-directed cognitive-behavioural motivational therapy "BMC Public Health" (13) 10.
  7. ^ Ruggiero, K.J., Resnick, H. s., Paul, L.A., Gros, K., McCauley, J.L., Acierno, R., Morgan, M. & Galea, S. (2012) Randomized Controlled Trial of an Internet-Based Intervention Using Random-Digit-Dial Recruitment: "The Disaster Recovery" Web Project "Contemporary Clinical Trials" 33 (1) 237-246.
  8. ^ Andrews G. & Titov, N. (2010) Treating people you never see: internet-based treatment of the internalising mental disorders, "Australian Health Review," 34,2 pg 144-147.
  9. ^ Bennett K., Bennett A.J. & Griffiths K.M. (2010) Security Considerations for E-Mental Health Interventions "Journal of Medical Internet Research" 12(5):e61

Suzanne Lois Robson (talk) 13:33, 21 April 2013 (UTC)

Peer review comments for E-Mental Health[edit]

Quality of Writing

  • The E-mental health section of the article follows the standard writing conventions, that is, well written with correct spelling, good grammar structure, consistent verb tense and punctuation.
  • The information provided is clear, concise, objective and well organised in a coherent format.

Use of References

  • Information provided is based on accurate and reliable sources with many inline citations from a variety of sources such journals, government published materials and online websites and materials.
  • Most of the references used are relevant, important, and are of good/scholarly quality.
  • The writer has also provided many internal wikilinks for readers to do further reading and research on the subject.


  • There is evidence that the information provided is based on extensive and careful research.
  • The information provided is interesting and very informative with the following good points:
    • a clear introduction of what e-mental health is
    • types of mental health conditions
    • the increasing use of e-mental health online applications and ICT to support and improve mental health
    • provided examples of several online mental health services.


  • Text font and size are consistent with the rest of the article
  • Clear heading title on the subject topic

Possible suggestions for article

  • How will E-Mental Health systems integrate with other Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems or legacy health systems?
  • What are the interoperability issues and how will they be deal with?
  • Provide external http links to journal articles for quick referencing.
  • What is does CBT means?

Daphne Soh (talk) 07:33, 19 May 2013 (UTC)

Article still languishing[edit]

Although the merger proposal was ill-targeted, the awaited improvements have not materialized. What should be done from here? Should it be merged into a different article? Health informatics is another languishing article. By merging two subpar articles, we may be able to get more people to work on both. I'd appreciate input.Novangelis (talk) 19:48, 14 February 2010 (UTC)

As with Telehealth, Health informatics and EHealth are closely related yet distinct, so I'm not certain a merger is the best approach. I think what would help this article is the series of articles on e-health in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (COI warning: I'm a section editor on said journal): What is e-health? Eysenbach (2001), What is eHealth (3) Oh et al. (2005), What is eHealth (4) Pagliari et al. (2005), What is eHealth (6) Ahern et al. 2006, etc. Bondegezou (talk) 16:56, 15 February 2010 (UTC)
I note that the German Wikipedia article looks much better. Would it be possible to seek some translation help and use the work done there? Bondegezou (talk) 14:08, 12 August 2010 (UTC)

Merger with cybermedicine[edit]

I suggest we merge these two articles. It seems they are describing similar terms, though cybermedicine seems to have fallen out of use. --KarlB (talk) 19:45, 14 April 2012 (UTC)

Yes, that seems sensible, although it wouldn't be so much of a merger as just taking what little is in cybermedicine and putting it in here. Bondegezou (talk) 11:04, 15 April 2012 (UTC)
I agree. Cybermedicine seems to be one facet of ehealth. — Ƶ§œš¹ [ãːɱ ˈfɹ̠ˤʷɪ̃ə̃nlɪ] 16:45, 21 November 2012 (UTC)
Done. I brought the Cybermedicine text into a new section here. Still needs tidying up, but it's a start. Bondegezou (talk) 18:08, 21 November 2012 (UTC)